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NC WoCRN Co-Chairs and Planning Committee


Ericka Reid, Ph.D.

Co-Chair: Ericka Reid, Ph.D., NIEHS

Ericka Reid, Ph.D., directs the NIEHS Office of Science Education & Diversity (OSED). The Office supports the Institute's diversity efforts to ensure the provision of opportunity and access to information that allows a greater understanding of environmental health science, career possibilities, and related educational preparation and training. She holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University, as well as a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served as a co-chair of the NC WoCRN since 2016.

Sharonda LeBlanc

Co-Chair: Sharonda LeBlanc, Ph.D., NCSU

Sharonda LeBlanc, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at NC State University. She earned her PhD in Nanoscale Science from UNC Charlotte in 2012. Her current research focuses on understanding the molecular details of essential biological pathways using single molecule fluorescence techniques. She is also interested in exploring biological sensing applications with quantum dots. She has served as a co-chair for the NC WoCRN since 2015.

Planning Committee

Jill Keith, Ph.D.

Jill Keith (Harp), Ph.D.

Jill Keith (Harp), Ph.D., is Interim Director of the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center, and Professor of Biochemistry in the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFUHS) in the Physiology and Pharmacology Department. Jill conducts research related to CNS disease and disorders. She is a leader in the areas of assessment of student learning, faculty development, and K12 science outreach. Jill received her BS degree from the York College-City University of New York and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Molly Puente
, Ph.D.

Molly Puente, Ph.D.

As Grants Coordinator in the NC State University Proposal Development Unit, Molly Puente, Ph.D., works with interdisciplinary teams to move programs from ideas to competitive research proposals. Molly is affiliated with the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute, led out of UNC-Chapel Hill, helping researchers build their networks across institutional boundaries. She worked for over a decade in various extramural offices at the National Institutes of Health. She received a BA in Biology from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Administration, and Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University.

Claire Bosire, Sc.D., M.S.P.H.

Claire Bosire, Sc.D., M.S.P.H.

Claire Bosire, Sc.D., M.S.P.H., is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Cancer Health Disparities at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Sc.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dana Al-Hasan, Ph.D.

Dana Al-Hasan, Ph.D.

Dana Al-Hasan, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Chandra Jackson’s Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity Lab at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from University of South Carolina in 2020. Dana’s research investigates how differences in the social and physical environment contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in sleep, dementia, and cardiovascular diseases.

Suzanne Osborne

Suzanne S. Osborne, R.N.

Suzanne S. Osborne, R.N., is a Program Analyst in the NIEHS Office of Science Education & Diversity. She serves with the Diversity Speaker Series Working Group; and is the current Chair of NIEHS Spirit Lecture Planning Committee. She earned her BSN at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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