Dr. Merissa Baxter
National Institute of Health (NIH)
PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences. University of South Carolina
I am currently a Research Biologist at the National Institute of Health. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Elon University. When I was younger, I wanted to be a dentist but ended up being a different kind of doctor. I enjoy teaching, tutoring, and mentoring students of all ages.
How was your experience with STEM classes and teachers in middle and high school?
I realized my love for science in the 8th grade when my teacher assigned a project on the central dogma and my interest in science continued throughout high school. My chemistry teacher—an African American woman—majored in organic chemistry in college and was always so excited about the subject. Having her as my teacher helped me believe that I could succeed in science.
What’s next in your career path?
I’ll continue to work in the lab at the bench, but I would eventually like to transition into science policy and education in the future.
What do you do to unwind?
I’m obsessed with Netflix! I also enjoy reading, kickboxing and exercising.
What has been the most useful life advice you have received?
“It’s not always going to be easy. Fight for what you want and it will eventually be yours.”
What do you want to say to up and coming Melanin Genius?
You can do it! I believe in you! We NEED you!
Disclaimer: All of the information I provided is on behalf of myself and not the government. Nor is my participation a statement of endorsement on behalf of the government. I’m speaking and participating solely as a private citizen.