Seventh Year PhD Candidate, 2016 - 2017
Year Matriculated: 2010
BS in Biology, 2009 – Benedict College
Faculty Advisor: Charles E. McCall, MD; Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Molecular Medicine
Research Interests: Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammation. Perform research on the subject of arachidonic acid metabolism
Ayana received an FASEB MARC Travel Award to attend the AAI
Introductory Course in Immunology, July 12-17, 2014 in Long Beach, CA.
Ayana received a travel fellowship from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to attend the 2nd
Annual UAB Workshop on Metabolomics, June 2014.
The course is jointly sponsored by the National Institute of General
Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as part of the NIH Common Fund Metabolomics
Initiative, and the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology and Toxicology at
Lipid Sciences Training Grant appointment 2011-2013
Ayana won a cash prize in an online competition. The competition was "World of Betters" sponsored by Western Union. She plans to use the money through the Black Graduate Student Association (of which she is president) for an educational awareness seminar for underrepresented students of all ages called Who Runs The World (Nerds). The seminar will be an interactive way to eliminate the stigma that "nerds" are not cool and introduce them to careers that anyone can achieve.
Poster- Biology of Sirtuins Keystone Symposium, March 2015; Santa Fe, NM; Travel Award
Talk and Poster - Society for Leukocyte Biology Annual Meeting, September 2015, Raleigh, NC
Abstract: SIRT1 Regulates the Balance of Teff and Treg Immune Cells During Sepis. Martin A, Alexander-Miller MA, Vachharajani V, McCall CE. Bilogy of Sirtuins Keystone Symposium, March 2015, Santa Fe, NM
Elected President of the Black Graduate Students Association of Wake Forest University.