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Black in STEM


Stephen Mayo

Stephen L. Mayo, Ph.D.


Major and Degree: Chemistry, B.S.

Graduation Year: 1983

Current Position: Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Merkin Institute Professor, Caltech



What motivates you to do/pursue science and/or medicine?

I have a strong desire to elucidate basic concepts in chemistry and biology and then to use those concepts to create new molecules that benefit society.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

It's a time to recognize past (and current) struggles for equality and to recognize those providing inspiration for the future.