MTC Member Spotlight

Kenya Nicole Moore is a biomedical scientist and current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program. Kenya is a member of the Kayed Lab located in the Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disease. Her dissertation research investigates an immunotherapeutic approach to targeting polymorphic protein aggregates observed in the brains of Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Multiple System Atrophy. Kenya is a graduate of Dillard University, an HBCU, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Kenya has a passion for pharmaceutical development and scientific communication and looks forward to contributing to the vital field of clinical research following graduation. 2022 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP) Scholar


“As a black woman and first-generation graduate student, it has been challenging identifying a safe space for questions and concerns regarding diversity and impact in the field of academia. The mentors in my life have inspired me to create a space for other students who are experiencing the same challenges. I am a founder and president emeritus of the Women’s Association of Minority Scientists at UTMB. This organization has provided programs centered on mentorship, equity, mental health in academia, career guidance and more. It is by far one of my highest achievements in graduate school. I look forward to meeting others with the same passion for biomedical research, diversity, and equality within MedTechColor.”