Sept 2017 - Current
Mr. Obinna Asawabelem is currently a senior undergraduate student at Howard University. He has recently transferred to Howard University to pursue a double major in both Biology and African-American studies. He is also a Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Participation Scholar working in the W. Montague Cobb Research Lab. As an undergraduate researcher he was previously involved with bacterial genetics research under the mentorship of Dr. Karl Thompson. Now through the Cobb Research Lab, he is coordinating workshops to collect DNA samples from individuals of African descent and obtaining information on their ancestry and health. The research goal of the DNA collection is to build the first African Diaspora Genomic Database and to raise community awareness about ancestry in addition to its role in precision medicine. Mr. Obinna has also recently been appointed to serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Biological Anthropology and Human Evolution. On a path of self discovery, he intends to practice medicine and serve communities by improving health outcomes for people of the African diaspora, primarily those afflicted with diseases like Sickle Cell Anemia.