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Meet The Founder

Taylor Y. Dismuke, MS is a doctoral candidate in the Pathology and Translational Medicine department at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her studies, under Timothy Gershon MD/PhD, focuses on improving current chemotherapeutics and drug delivery to pediatric brain cancer patients. A native of Oklahoma City, in 2015, Ms. Dismuke received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Langston University (LU), a historical black university in Oklahoma.

While an undergraduate student at LU, she participated in multiple research experiences sponsored by various National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) grants which promote diversity in the field of science. In May of 2017, she also earned her Master’s in Science in Biochemistry at Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) as a Bridge to Doctorate Scholar.

Because of her experiences, Ms. Dismuke has developed a passion to address the imbalance of diversity amongst her peers in the research community. She has aided in being a mentor to younger, diverse scientists via various platforms at UNC such as the IMSD community, WIN-SPIRE, and PARTNERS program. In 2019, she first designed the BRDGE Alliance to aid in the development of younger scientists at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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