Keisha Findley, PhD invited as a Bouchet-Note Speaker at this year’s 3rd annual Black Tie Dinner

February 13, 2016
Durham, NC

Keisha Findley_Bouchet Dinner 2016Keisha Findley, PhD, MGM graduate student alumnus visited Duke on Saturday, February 13th as an invited guest speaker at the 3rd  Annual Ida Stephens Owens Black Tie dinner presented by Duke University’s Bouchet Society.

The Duke University Bouchet Society primarily supports underrepresented minority graduate students in the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the natural sciences, technology, engineering and math.  The Bouchet Society hopes to further strengthen academic and professional efforts of underrepresented minority graduate students and to encourage values that will promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences in honor of its namesake Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet.

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, stated, “It was fantastic to see Keisha Findley featured as a speaker at the recent Bouchet Society dinner. Keisha was an outstanding graduate student in the MGM program, and it was a true pleasure to have had the opportunity to work closely together with her in my lab during her PhD studies.”

Keisha Findley received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University in 2010 under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Heitman. In August 2010, Dr. Findley transitioned to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a Health Disparities Postdoctoral Fellow within the National Human Genome Research Institute. Her past research focused on characterizing the fungal microbiome that is innate to healthy human skin and she also explored the role of the skin microbiome and environment (physical and social) in the formation and delayed healing of leg ulcers in sickle cell disease patients. In July 2015, Dr. Findley accepted a contract position as a Medical Countermeasures Policy Analyst in the Health and Human Services’ Office of the Secretary with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. She is currently employed as an Interdisciplinary Scientist/Microbiologist at the Food and Drug Administration in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health within the Infection Control Devices Branch.