Emory University Graduate Student Receives Science Policy Award
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has selected the winner of the 2016 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Julia Omotade is a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Developmental Biology program at Emory University.
Julia Omotade co-founded the Emory Science Advocacy Network, a group that encourages graduate students to advocate for federal research funding. She has helped members of the group meet with their lawmakers in Georgia and in Washington, DC. For the past two years, Julia has co-organized a letter writing campaign, which resulted in more than 600 letters to members of Congress in 2015. Julia has a BS in biology from The Catholic University of America. Her PhD research investigates how brain cells communicate during development and adulthood and how this communication is dysregulated in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
“Currently, the breakthroughs of tomorrow are threatened by dwindling federal investment in research,” said Omotade. “As a graduate student, I have witnessed exciting scientific projects come to a halt because scientists are no longer able to pay for the expensive costs of equipment or highly-trained individuals.”