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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Amanda Wood

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Amanda Wood is currently working on her PhD in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Utah. Her current research interests revolve around how specific sugars on mucins in our mucus play a role in viral and bacterial infection. She hopes to gain insight into how mucin presentation can be useful in detecting and treating diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and some cancers. Amanda loves public engagement that aims to introduce STEM concepts to kids, as well as engagement that explains current findings in medicine to adults not trained as scientists. Outside of the lab, Amanda can be found swimming, rock climbing, hiking, or cross-country skiing.