Asher selected to participate in the 2020 MIT Rising Stars in Chemical Engineering program
Dr. Asher Williams was selected as a 2020 MIT Rising Star in Chemical Engineering.
The goal of this program is to bring together the next generation of leaders in chemical engineering and help prepare them for careers in academia. The program aims to help strengthen the academic pipeline for women in our field and the 2020 workshop cohort represents some of the top early career women in chemical engineering today.
Asher is a Trinidad and Tobago national scholar and currently a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell in the DeLisa Group, where her research is aimed at cell-free biosynthesis of conjugate vaccines against emerging pathogens. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2020, co-advised by Profs. Mattheos Koffas and Robert Linhardt, focused on engineering microorganisms for the efficient biosynthesis of carbohydrate-based drugs and related enzymes. In addition to being named an MIT Rising Star, Asher was awarded RPI’s Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, named a Class of 2020 Changemaker, and is listed by Cell Mentor as one of 1000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America. Asher will start as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in summer 2023.
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