Advocates for STEM diversity while spreading the joy of studying the brain
"With the support of my loving family, I strengthened my STEM knowledge at Virginia State University which prepared me to become the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Florida State University. Now, I use all of my energy to uplift the next generation so that they are capable of achieving more. I am my ancestors' wildest dreams."
"Bring the brain! Dr. Lataisia Jones is a neuroscientist with a passion for understanding child brain development ""to reveal the molecular causes of neurological diseases.""
Throughout the year, Dr. Jones visits local schools, youth programs and universities to expose students to different STEM careers. She volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House where she initiated the Young Scientist Wednesday program to teach kids residing at Children's National Hospital science through fun hands-on activities. Dr. Jones started a YouTube show called Kitchen Science with Dr. Tay where you can learn science from home. She also started her consulting business called Hey Dr. Tay, LLC and co-founded a non-profit called Changing Faces, Incorporated to assist communities everywhere with STEM education.
To advocate for Black STEM leaders, Dr. Jones founded S.T.E.M.ING WHILE BLACK which is an organization built on networking and mentorship.
Overall, Dr. Jones believes that if young girls (especially girls of color) see her working in a lab or read about her achievements, they will believe in their own ability to be anything they dream of becoming and more. She serves over 10,000 youth yearly."!