Health Research Program Advisor and STEM-Fellowship Advisor
Dr. Grainger is a two-time alumna of the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a doctorate in Medical Pharmacology. With over ten years’ experience at the bench, the primary focus of her research has been on respiratory disease. In particular, her dissertation work involved deciphering the mechanisms behind allergen associated asthma with a focus on the fungal allergen, Alternaria alternata. Most recently, Rowena completed postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis in the Pulmonary Division, where she was involved in a drug discovery initiative to identify small molecules that would target mucous production in the airway.
While honing skills at the bench, Rowena also developed a strong interest in student affairs and a desire to help students achieve academic success. As a graduate student, she served on student advisory committees in addition to holding leadership positions in student organizations focused on building community amongst students. Notably, she co-founded and served as the public relations chair of the Black Graduate Students Association at the University of Arizona while simultaneously holding a position on the national board of the National Black Graduate Students Association as Western Regional Representative. Both positions involved the organization of professional development workshops and conferences, and positioned her to become a mentor to several undergraduate and graduate students.
Rowena brings to the ONS&F team the experience of being a bench scientist as well as the accomplishments of being a former NIH Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar and NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) alumna.
Focuses on graduate fellowships such as NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Graduate Fellowships, Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program and NIH Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award.
You can schedule an appointment with her via Nexus
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