The SIMB Diversity Travel Award has been established to promote diversity and to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) amongst the graduate students making presentations at any SIMB sponsored meeting.
Congratulations to our 2018 Diversity Awardees
The Scripps Research Institute
Ajeeth Adhikari is a Ph.D student at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida. He works in the labs of Drs. Ben Shen and Christoph Rader to evaluate novel microbial natural products as payloads for antibody-drug conjugates. His project involves engineering and isolating the compounds, conjugating them to tumor-specific antibodies, and testing their anticancer potential. Prior to his Ph.D studies, he received his B.S. in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley. Outside of lab work, Ajeeth participates in a student committee that invites scientists from all over the country to present at his graduate program and diversify their research exposure.
I completed my bachelor’s at UT at San Antonio where I performed scientific research through a number of diversity fellowships. These opportunities made me passionate about research and dedicated to helping other students from underrepresented groups find a path to STEM. I became a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and worked as an outreach officer, focusing on community college students. At Vanderbilt, I have focused on increasing students’ awareness of and access to STEM. I am a member of the executive board for the Vanderbilt SACNAS Chapter and the Chemical Biology Association of Students (CBAS). I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University performing research in the laboratory of Professor Brian Bachmann.