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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.

Nicole Losurdo

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Nicole Losurdo works in the Link Lab at the University of Utah where she studies the genetic mechanisms of microcephaly in Drosophila melanogaster. She is interested in the genetics of neurodevelopment and how dysregulation of certain genes leads to impairments in development. In her research, Nicole is focused on finding mutations in genes that generate brain size phenotypes and then deciphering the mechanisms of these genes in neurodevelopment. Her projects will broaden our knowledge of the genetics of neurodevelopment and give a better understanding of the complex process. She is also passionate about public engagement in STEM with a greater focus on encouraging girls to be excited about STEM fields. She has previously worked with local girl scout troops to perform scientific experiments and is excited to broaden her outreach skillset through the STEM Ambassador Program. Nicole greatly enjoys building her strength with powerlifting, going on adventures with her dog, spending time with her cat, and baking.