K Mills

Keila Miles

My long term career goal is to be involved in science policy and advocacy. These careers appeal to me because they highlight the importance of science promotion and education, and provide a direct link to impact change in underrepresented communities in STEM. Currently, I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Neuroscience; this will allow me to apply my basic science and translational research knowledge to policy making in an effort to enact reform in science education and funding allocation. I have participated in research since the onset of my collegiate career at Oakwood University. Additionally, every summer I was accepted to competitive summer research programs such as Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). As an undergraduate student I obtained several academic awards and was an active member or officer of a number of elite organizations on campus. Most notably, I was vice president of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, an organization that was comprised of the institutions top 10% of scholastically achieving students. My involvement in such organizations has continued throughout my graduate career as I am currently the inaugural president of the University of Cincinnati’s Society for Advancing Chicano’s/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). I am fully engaged in research as a member of the Skelton Lab. I have contributed vital preliminary data to our study of Creatine Transporter Deficiency (CTD) and the effect is has on hippocampal neuronal structure and function. I was awarded the opportunity to present these findings at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting after receiving the Trainee Professional Development Travel Award. My dissertation research centers on the effects of dietary intervention on CTD. This research has the potential to have a positive impact on the clinical outcome of CTD patients by offering an effective therapeutic option.