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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.

Dr. Olja Simoska

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Dr. Olja Simoska received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bard College, NY, in 2015. She received her Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry in 2019 from the University of Texas at Austin, working with Prof. Keith J. Stevenson. Her graduate research focused on the design, development, and application of ultramicroelectrode array platforms for the quantitative, real-time monitoring of dynamic metabolism and responses of pathogenic bacteria. At present, Olja is the ACS Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow and working in the research group of Prof. Shelley D. Minteer at the University of Utah Department of Chemistry. Her postdoctoral research focuses on methodically exploring bioengineering approaches to improve extracellular electron transfer and performance of microbial-based electrochemical systems. She also a strong science outreach enthusiast and is excited to expand her science communications skills through the STEM Ambassador Program. In her free time, Olja enjoys jewelry design, baking, hiking, and skiing.