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Mariame Diabate


I am a recent graduate from The Ohio State University. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with a minor in Global Public Health. Additionally, I graduated from Ohio State with research distinction. Stemming from my freshman year, I have been heavily involved in a diverse array of activities. These activities include being the first two-time president for the African Youth League and receiving various honors and accolades to being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Theta Chapter. Through my various accomplishments, I am most proud of my undergraduate research that I did under Dr. Darryl Hood’s advisement. This project started the summer of my junior year and would help me determine my ultimate passion in life.

Under Dr. Hood’s guidance, we entered 7 underserved communities of the Southern Gateway of Columbus. These communities were negativity impacted by the high numbers of Toxic Release Industries in their backyards, an increased infant mortality rate and more. Through our work, we hypothesize that there was a direct relationship with the associative relationship between low socio-economic status, high environmental toxicity exposure, and high infant mortality rate. We used the new Public Health Exposome Framework in addition to using a Bayesian analysis. From this project, we were able to educate residents about their exposure risk and ways to improve their quality of life.

I entered Discovery PREP program with the goal of one day entering a Biomedical Science Ph.D. program. I am currently in Dr.  Jeffery Parvin’s cancer research lab. Under the mentorship from Dr. Parvin and Dr. Michael Freitas, I am specifically working to produce a computational procedure that will be used to calculate and determine the statistical significance of the high throughput data received from the deep mutagenesis experiments performed in the Parvin lab.         

Outside of research, I teach middle school students about STEM fields, hoping to spark their interests in pursuing a STEM-related field later in life. I was recently appointed by Governor Kasich to serve as a commissioner on his New Ohio African Immigrant Commission.​ 

What's next?  After receiving several offers from top tier universities, I've decided to pursue my PhD at the Ohio State University.