Morgan State alumna Awa Drame was recently published in the July edition of The Prostate for her research on prostate cancer cells and resistance to drugs. Drame and others were part of a research internship group at Loma Linda University’s Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine.
“Being a minority myself, living in Baltimore and going to a HBCU makes one increasingly aware of the unequal repartition of wealth, of the numerous problems that we go through to have proper access to education, healthcare and so on. You can understand then how thrilled I was to have the opportunity to work on the leading cause of cancer death among African-American men. In this sense, Morgan helped me a lot.”
“Not only did it welcome me with open arms, but through interactions and pairing of classes like Genetics and Black Psychology, or African Diaspora and Cell and Molecular biology, which might seem worlds apart but ineluctably worked in forging and broadening my take-on the problems, particularly health problems undermining our community.”
Drame is a native of Cote’ D’Ivoire in West Africa and graduated with a degree in biology in 2010. Read Drame’s research here.