Nadeene is a content developer who brings to the team her experiences as a cell and molecular biologist, virologist, and educator. Nadeene’s graduate and postdoctoral research focused on studying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infections in nonhuman primates in an attempt to understand why SIV infection causes an AIDS-like disease in some monkey species but not in others.
Nadeene has a long-standing interest in improving science education and science literacy through teaching in formal and informal settings, particularly engaging with individuals who traditionally lack access to STEM programs and activities. Her teaching experiences include introductory biology and genetics courses at American University and biology courses/workshops for higher education in prison programs. Nadeene has developed and taught the science component of annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) summer camps that took place locally and abroad.
Nadeene earned her PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation.