The UNC Department of Neurology is pleased to announce that Senyene Hunter, MD, PhD, has been named as a UNC School of Medicine Simmons Scholar. Since its launch in 1994, the Simmons Scholars Program has offered support to faculty members from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine, while also placing an emphasis on building a community of scholars that spans multiple disciplines. The program provides three to five years of salary support, structured mentorship, and career and leadership development opportunities.
Dr. Hunter is an assistant professor of child neurology and co-founder of the Epilepsy Neurogentics Initiative. She completed her PhD, MD, and residency at UNC Chapel Hill. She then went on to pursue a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology from Duke University.
During the award period, Dr. Hunter will work collaboratively, utilizing UNC’s robust genomic research capabilities, to improve our understanding of genetic epilepsies. Her research will prioritize the inclusion of ancestrally diverse and medically underrepresented individuals.