Chinara Ume

June 2019 - Current

I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of the W. Montague Cobb Research Lab. I am a recent graduate of Howard University with my B.S in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and I have plans on attending medical school in the next year. During my “gap year”, I wanted to take the opportunity to strengthen my research experience and obtain more clinical hours. During my last semester at Howard, I was enrolled in Dr. Fatimah Jackson’s Human Evolutionary Biology course. Dr. Jackson opened my eyes to topics I had never thought of before, most importantly, the importance of having a thorough understanding of African and African American genetics. By the end of the class, she discussed the opportunity of researching the petrous bones of many African American skulls and creating one of the first major databases of African American genetics. Being an African American woman and soon to be physician, it is essential to know everything about the bodies of African American community. We live in a world that is very Eurocentric and most knowledge that we know medically is centered around the White body. The research that we are doing with petrous bones is monumental and will surely birth the beginning of some incredible discoveries. I am so thankful to Dr. Jackson for having open arms and giving her students a chance to be a part of wonderful research.—Chinara Ume

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