Erica Pratt's doctoral work in Dr. Brian Kirby's lab focused on investigating circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the peripheral blood system of patients with solid tumors and how these cells can be used as a noninvasive tumor surrogate, and as prognostic biomarkers for survival in advanced disease. Read more about Erica D. Pratt, Ph.D. 2015
Malika Grayson, Ph.D. '16 releasing book titled ‘HOODED: A Black Girl’s Guide to the PhD.’
Malika Grayson, Ph.D. '16, was the first Black American woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her research focused on building morphology in urban areas for wind energy generation.
Grayson made a large impact during her time at Cornell and continues to do so after completing her Ph.D. in 2016. She was interviewed during her time in the Sibley School, in which she spoke about her life approach - "just go for it!" Read the full article, titled "Breaking rules to build a sustainable future."
Grayson shares her experience in her new book, ‘HOODED: A Black Girl’s Guide to the PhD.’ She works to increase the number of minority women who matriculate through graduate school by sharing her journey and experiences. Grayson encourages women and minorities through motivational speaking, webinars, and workshops. She has a number of speaking experiences including engagements at a number of universities, corporations and conferences.
The Sibley School and the Cornell College of Engineering are extremely proud of what Malika Grayson has achieved and her dedication to advocating for women and minorities in STEM. Learn more about ways the College and Sibley School are supporting underrepresented minorities.