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2021 Black in STEM


Denise Okafor.

Denise Okafor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Chemistry


Graduate Major and Degree: Chemistry, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech, 2015)

Undergraduate Major and Degree: Biomedical Chemistry, B.S. (Oral Roberts University, 2017)


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I enjoy being able to conceive ideas about the way proteins work, and then be able to perform experiments to test these. I consider this a rare privilege, to investigate research questions purely for the sake of furthering our knowledge. I am motivated by the thought that I can make scientific contributions that are both important and interesting.