How to Stand in Your Boldness as a Black Women Ph.D. in STEM

Daphney Chery, Ph.D. is a dedicated scientist, educator, and supportive mentor that is eager to gain and share knowledge. She is currently an AAAS Science & Technology Fellow hosted at the Department of Defense Laboratory & Personnel Office. She obtained her MS degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University in 2018 and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Orthopaedic Surgery department at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the first black woman to sit on the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Board of Directors. This society annually draws the best orthopedic surgeons and researchers globally for their national meetings. Her research focused on understanding the micromechanical environment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, a disorder in which muscle and connective tissue are gradually replaced with bone (ossification). She has over 8 publications in the field of musculoskeletal diseases and has been selected for over 12 scientific conference podium talks.

Daphney also is a passionate STEM education activist that is committed to improving and increasing access to STEM education in inner-city schools. She has organized and executed various workshops, conferences, and community structured events geared towards inspiring underrepresented individuals to pursue careers in the STEM field. She has received several awards from national and also state-wide organizations for her work in the community. She is also on the planning council and is the Communications Chair for STEMNoire. STEMNoire is the first of its kind research conference and holistic wellness retreat created by black women for black women in STEM. Her favorite past-time is blogging about the daily life of being a black woman scientist.

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