Dr. Daniel Schwab is the Founder and President of STEM for Development (SFD), providing strategic direction and oversight for all educational programs and regional partnerships. In addition to his role with SFD, Dr. Schwab serves as a Science & Technology Policy Advisor in the Office of Science, Office of International Activities, Research Security, and Interagency Coordination (IRIC) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he supports science policy and programs related to international affairs. Prior to his current work, Dr. Schwab held fellowship positions at the U.S. Department of Defense Basic Research Office and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and served as the Chair of the Education Committee at Afrisnet: Africa STEM Network. He holds a PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is passionate about science diplomacy and supporting STEM talent across the world. He seeks to ensure that all students have equal opportunity to obtain advanced STEM education and achieve their dreams.
Oluwadamilola Salau is a PhD Student in Geography and a University Fellow at the Ohio State University (OSU). She is a hydro-climatologist interested in modeling the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable populations and infrastructure. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Geography and Planning from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Oluwadamilola advocates for the inclusion of vulnerable communities in urban planning geared towards mitigating climate-related disasters.
Jess Dong received a B.A. in Zoology and Botany from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2021. After graduation, she attended Indiana University as a recipient of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Post-Baccalaureate Students (NSF-REPS) for one year. Her research project focused on animal behaviour, physiology, and gene expression.
Currently, she is a PhD student at The Ohio State University (OSU). Her research interests broadly lie in climate change, landscape ecology, and community ecology. For her dissertation, she asks questions about how climate and landscape changes affect bird community dynamics at various spatiotemporal scales.
Jess is passionate about making science inclusive. As a woman of color and non-native English speaker, she has first-hand experience of how difficult and competitive the road to STEM graduate school can be. She received a lot of help from mentors and peers along the way, and would like to pay it forward by lifting students of colour and helping them become future STEM leaders.
Naomi Ducat is a business development proposal writer within the Chief Growth Office at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she writes proposal content on behalf of company executives pursuing billion-dollar federal contracts. She obtained this role after holding consulting positions for the U.S. Department of Defense, where she developed communications and business processes to drive operational efficiencies, enabling government leaders to foster international relationships, understand policies, identify and mitigate risks, plan for crises, and make strategic operational decisions. Naomi is PMP certified and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Oxford.
Christabel Arthur is a Ph.D. student in the Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research is focused on using Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) to answer questions on color vision function. As a co-lead of the mentorship program, she hopes to bring students all over the world closer to attaining their dreams of seeking higher education.
Stephanie Adama is currently a post-baccalaureate research assistant at the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens. She is researching the association between HIV and HPV and how that influences cervical cancer progression. She is passionate about cancer research and developing novel therapies to improve patient outcomes in the near future. Stephanie graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelors in Biochemistry. She believes mentorship is crucial to the success of every student’s journey and is excited to contribute to helping underrepresented students through Stem for Development (SFD). Outside of academia, she enjoys watching biographical documentaries, spending time with her family and two dogs.
Nicholas Offei graduated from the University of Ghana in 2021 with a BSc in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology. After graduation, he spent a year as a Research Assistant at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), where he explored the anticancer effects of natural products on cancer metastasis. He will be starting a PhD position in the Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Program at Rutgers University in Fall 2023. He hopes to hone his skills in translational cancer research and contribute to the scientific community. Outside of work and school, he likes choral singing and teaching children. He is excited about mentoring early career STEM researchers, and is eager to assist them with their graduate school application process.
Mayowa Jason Abiodun leads STEM for Development Extramural Education programs. He is an enthusiastic Cell Biologist and Geneticist passionate about molecular biology. He has spent the last two years working as a molecular scientist, gaining valuable expertise in the field and volunteering as a research scientist, where he contributes his skills and knowledge to the scientific community. Mayowa is an enthusiastic young scientist striving to expand his knowledge and expertise in molecular biology. His primary research interests are cancer genomics, which he pursues in his graduate studies. With a resolution to contribute to the development of new cancer therapies and treatments, Mayowa looks to contribute to the study of cancer and its genetic basis.
Toluwanimi is a doctoral student in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, United States. He is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the Computational Medicine and Informatics Collaboratory (COM-IN) in the same department. His research interests are in health systems engineering and informatics, where he studies problems related to health systems and builds human-centered solutions and methods to enhance health outcomes.
Having participated in a free mentorship program while applying to graduate school, he is eager to give back as a volunteer by supporting STEM for Development's goal to help bright students from historically marginalized groups get admission to prestigious graduate programs.
Moses Kabuu is a Biologist from Kenya. He pursued a B.Sc. in Microbiology at Moi University Kenya and is currently undertaking an M.Sc. in Microbiology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. His research interest is in Antibiotic resistance and drug discovery. He is particularly focused on the discovery of novel bioactive molecules as well as novel drug targets in pathogens. Moses has received various recognitions, including the DAAD Leadership for Africa (LFA) Scholarship (2021), and the World Literacy Foundation Ambassador (2020). He is a graduate of the LEAD Program at the University of Cologne in Germany (2023) where he trained on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leadership, and governance.
Alongside his career as a biologist, he is passionate about leadership and STEM outreach both in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). He is a co-founder and Head of African Affairs of STEM for Development (SFD). In his role at SFD, he hopes to expand the number of STEM students from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to access graduate programs in world-class institutions, as well as collaborate with institutions from Sub-Saharan Africa for the mutual growth and sustainability of SFD. He also volunteers with the African STEM Network (Afrisnet), and Research Awake Africa Initiative (RAAI), non-profits that champion the professional development of talented students and researchers from Africa.