Dr. LaKeisha Batts is a biomedical research scientist with over ten years of research experience and brain child of Science Unlimited, LLC. She recieved her B.A. in Biology from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Pathology and Immunology from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her post doctoral training as a Kellogg Health Scholar Fellow in the Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research interests include: Immune Responses, Asthma/Allergy, Health Disparities, Health Literacy and Barriers In STEAM Education. She is also the mother of two budding scientists and is an active participant in educational outreach throughout her community.
Favorite Quote: "The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it." - Ralph W. Ellison
Dr. Lori Banks is a scientist-educator with more than a decade of experience in molecular biomedical science. She received her B.S. in Biology from Prairie View A&M University, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from Baylor College of Medicine. Her research interest are focused on host-pathogen interactions and infectious disease related drug discovery. As an educator, she has used her life and laboratory experience to create relateable science curricula for Pre-K and university students. Outside of work, Dr. Banks is heavily involved in science outreach and education programs through her sorority and church.
Favorite Quote: "When people show you who they are believe them the first time." -Maya Angelou
Favorite Quote: "Stars need darkness in order to shine...we all have a chapter of our lives we don't read out loud. Never be ashamed of your past circumstances, they are what made you who you are today." -Unknown Adaptation
Nelson Hawkins Jr. is an education administration professional with over ten combined years of experience in biomedical science and instructor. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from Dillard University, and later obtained an M.S. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently serving as educational administration support at Houston Methodist Hospital. As an educator, he has taught Chemistry at the high school level, and has been a registered science and mathematics tutor at every level of study he has been in. Outside of work, Mr. Hawkins is conscientiously involved in bringing character development and employment programs to the inner-city, mentorship of youth, and serves on the advisory board for multiple nonprofit organizations.
Adrianne Spelmon is a 2006 graduate of Prairie View A & M University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her resume includes experience as a Certifying Scientist in a private toxicology laboratory. She is a wife and mother of 2, bilingual in English/Spanish, and is proud to have served the citizens of Harris County in the field of Environmental Public Health for the past five and a half years. Science was one of her favorite subjects in school, and she always enjoyed completing science projects. She was introduced to an advanced STEM curriculum at DeBakey High School for Health Professions where she graduated with Honors. As a result, her current endeavors include a certification program to teach Science/Math. Adrianne is passionate about a 'hands on' educational approach, and strongly believes that practical application translates into more in-depth comprehension. In her spare time, she immerses herself into various types of concept design which includes but is not limited to 'out of the box' party planning. She also enjoys community service projects and attributes much of her involvement in public service to her beloved sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She hopes to inspire students to reach their full potential by encouraging them to find innovative ways to apply their 'gifts' to the subjects they love.
Favorite Quote: "Our deepest fear is NOT that we are inadequate...our deepest fear is that we are POWERFUL beyond measure. We ask ourselves who are we to be beautiful, talented, intelligent and gorgeous? Actually, who are we not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us, and when we let out own light shine we unconsciously give others permission to do the same thing." - Marianne Williamson