Ashanti Johnson

The first African-American to earn a degree in marine science from Texas A&M, Dr. Ashanti Johnson has loved the ocean since an early age.

Molly Stevens

As a professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Molly Stevens is also the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College.

Mary Putnam Jacobi

Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi was the first woman to become a member of the Academy of Medicine, but the road to that acceptance wasn’t an easy one.

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle, dubbed, “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker, has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations. But all of her work has led her to focus on preserving the world’s oceans.

Rita Colwell

Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Dr. Rita Colwell is creating an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues for the entire world.

Alyson McGregor

Dr. Alyson McGregor is examining how sex and gender differences impact emergency medical care and the overall health of women and working on communicating these differences to medical professionals and the public.

Flossie Wong-Staal

Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal was the first scientist to clone HIV, helping lead to blood tests and better treatments for the virus. She says that her main motivation “is simply the satisfaction of making discoveries, finding things out that no one knew before.”

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was one of the key individuals to expose lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan and bring attention to the contamination in the water supply.

Anna Atkins

In 1843, photographer and botanist Anna Atkins became the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographs.

Chung-Pei Ma

Chung-Pei Ma has helped discover two of the largest black holes found to date.

Antonia Novello

Dr. Antonia Novello was appointed Surgeon General of the United States in 1990, becoming the first woman and first Hispanic to serve in that role.

Virginia Holsinger

A food scientist with a positive worldwide public health impact, Dr. Virginia Holsinger‘s work on food security issues and dairy product research impacted many lives throughout her 41 year career at the United States Department of Agriculture.

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