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Nikea Pittman PhD UNC Structural Biology Microbiology presents at BWF

Dr. Nikea Pittman, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Saskia Neher’s lab, was selected as a 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP awardee. The Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows to help them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

This week, Dr. Pittman was introduced at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund New Awardees Networking Meeting. She presented her research in a poster presentation entitled, Structural characterization of proteins involved in Reactive Chlorine Stress in Escherichia coli. Awardees across the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Sciences (CAMS), Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative (NGP), Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI), Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH),  Innovation in Regulatory Science (IRSA), and Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program (PDEP) were in attendance.

Nikea Pittman
Nikea Pittman PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Neher lab


Dr. Pittman enjoyed interacting with the Bourroughs Wellcome Fund community and meeting the other incoming awardees. She shared,

“The annual meeting is an exciting time, I felt like every conversation provided the potential for future collaborations or further career development.”