Carla Easter is chief of the Education and Community Involvement Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). She played a major role in the development of the NHGRI/Smithsonian exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code and its accompanying website, and serves as a liaison to the K-12 and university community as a speaker on genomic science and career preparation and pathways. Dr. Easter also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the University of the District of Columbia.
From 2003-2006, Dr. Easter was director of outreach for Washington University School of Medicine's Genome Sequencing Center. Before assuming her role as outreach director, Dr. Easter was a research associate in the Department of Education at Washington University (2001-2003) where she explored the notions of science among secondary students. She served as pre-college coordinator for the NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Plus Program and project associate for the Quality Education for Minorities Network. From 1997-2000, Dr. Easter conducted post-doctoral research at Washington University School of Medicine on the virulence factors associated with Streptococcus pyogenes.
Dr. Easter earned both her bachelor's degree in microbiology and her doctorate in biology, with an emphasis on molecular genetics, from the University of California, San Diego.
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Last Updated: January 8, 2015