The world under a microscope: #BlackInMicro hosts Real Scientists

Real Scientists
2 min readSep 27, 2020

Real Scientists is thrilled to welcome #BlackInMicro/#BlackInMicrobiology (@BlackInMicro) to the big, comfy science chair for a week of very small science. Microbiology is a field that includes virology, parasitology, mycology, and much, much more. If you’re interested in super tiny things that are alive, you can look forward to an illuminating week of top-tier science and community-building by and for Black microbiologists!

Curators will be coming to you from numerous institutions in the US, the UK, and Australia. Collectively, their research spans the different areas of microbiology which is a major component and contributor to human and animal health, and stay tuned for tweets from:

Virologist and co-lead organizer, Dr Kishana Taylor (@KYT_ThatsME). Dr Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University working on COVID-19 infection and development

Microbiologist, Dr Nikea Pittman (@nikeapittman). Dr Pittman is based at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with cryo-electron microscopy

Researcher I’ah Banfield (@idb_virology). I’ah’s work focuses on vector genomics in viral disease transmission at Monash University

Researcher Tapoka Mkandawire (@TapokaM). Tapoka specializes in parasite genomics at the University of Cambridge and the Sanger Institute

Scientist Brittanie Brocket (@Chic_Nerd87). Brittanie works as a scientists with the FDA and is also pursuing a MLA in Biotechnology from Harvard University

Researcher Sandra Phoma (@Sandra_Phoma). Sandra is based at the University of Pretoria and specializes in microbial ecology in the Southern ocean

A *super secret* anonymous tweeter who may or may not be a collection of super-intelligent micro-organisms

Black in Micro logo designed by Brianda Beverly and Elena YH Lin

In their own words:

Black In Microbiology is a vibrant celebration of Black microbiologists, with talks and panels featuring microbiologists across career stages and subdisciplines.

Their Mission is to:

  • Showcase the presence and accomplishments of Black microbiologists from around the globe.
  • Connect Black microbiologists with one another and foster a sense of community among them.
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of racial disparities in microbiology and its subfields.
  • Amplify Black scientists in all fields, acknowledge the contributions to their disciplines and support the collective work of pursuing equity in academe, industry, government, and beyond.

Welcome to #BlackInMicro Week!



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