Chemistry Ph.D. Student Recognized as National Role Model

Jalisa Holmes, a chemistry Ph.D. student, has been named a 2016 Minority Access National Role Model.

Minority Access is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing academic, research and employment opportunities for underrepresented groups. Through its National Role Models Project, Minority Access honors minority groups that are not widely recognized, such as scientists, researchers and innovators, with hopes of increasing minority representation in such fields. Laboratory test tubes and flasks with colored liquids

“I was surprised and honored to be nominated,” said Holmes. “We need more uplifting environments like the National Role Models Project, where role models in less traditional fields are honored.”

Associate Dean for Natural and Computational Sciences Binghe Wang nominated Holmes for the recognition.

“Jalisa represents the best in our students,” said Wang. “She is well-rounded with a strong academic background. She is a caring person and works very hard to not only advance her career, but also to make Georgia State University a better place by working on issues that are important to the graduate student body. It is our good fortune as an institution that we have students like Jalisa.”

A first-generation college student, Holmes has taken Georgia State by storm. Under Wang’s guidance, she has focused her research on designing, synthesizing and developing novel inhibitors of the Hypoxia Inducible Factor pathway and mitochondrial Complex I. For the past four years at Georgia State, Holmes has been able to synthesize an estimated 80 compounds that have been examined for anti-cancer activity. She is also an active member of the Georgia State Bio-Bus Program.

For more information about the Minority Access National Role Models Project, please click here.