Seraya Jones Nelson

3rd Year, Molecular Biology

I am 3rd year PhD Student in the department of Molecular Biology. I am originally from the Caribbean Island of Dominica and moved to the US to pursue my undergraduate degree at Grambling State University. At Grambling, I majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. There, I discovered my love for proteins and continued my protein-related research pursuits. Currently, I use structural and biophysical techniques, including cryo-electron microscopy and tomography, to study protein dynamics. I am very passionate about demystifying the graduate school application process, by providing individuals from underrepresented groups with key information needed to successfully apply to graduate schools.  On campus, I am involved in numerous student-lead organizations and am actively involved in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Through the professional development initiatives, I combine my leadership, scientific skills, and entrepreneurial abilities to help foster collaborations within the university. 

In 2020, I was a Princeton PhD Preview (P3)/MolBio Scholar and a part of the Graduate Scholars Program in 2021. These programs have both been beneficial during my tenure at Princeton.

I am excited to serve as a Diversity Fellow to help foster collaborative environments amongst graduate students from all disciplines across the university. Additionally, I hope to help create programming that exposes graduate students to professional development opportunities that will be helpful in academia and beyond.

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