Vanderbilt Students for Science Policy (VSPG) will be hosting a teleconference with Dr. Sonja Brooks Fulmer, alumna and current AIMBE Scholar.
The event will be on Thursday in 306A Light Hall at 5 pm.
Dr. Fulmer is an AIMBE Scholar at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of the Center Director. Sonja completed her Ph.D. in Chemical and Physical Biology at Vanderbilt University. Her research focused on understanding basic mechanisms of protein interactions with DNA, which include the enzymatic processes of DNA repair to prevent disease, cancer, and cell death. In particular, she studied DNA repair proteins and their role in maintaining epigenetic marks necessary for development. Sonja is interested in continuing her research of protein and DNA interactions to include studying mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Sonja’s experiences extend beyond the lab, including a legislative policy internship with Life Science TN and a science communication fellowship, which have reiterated her long-held interest in connecting research and policy. Dr. Fulmer intends to utilize her scientific background and communication training to inform public policy and advocate for biomedical and translational research.