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Beyond the PhD welcomes Dr. Danielle L. Watt on Tuesday May 9th. Dr. Watt transitioned from academia to outreach programming. Come learn about her career path!

Danielle L. Watt, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the UConn Health Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs in the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in biological organic chemistry from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied how chemicals in the environment may damage DNA causing mutations that could ultimately lead to lung cancer. After completing a postdoc in DNA replication and repair at the NIEHS, NIH, she spent two years conducting DNA replication research at Umeå University, Sweden. In 2015, she transitioned to higher education administration to focus her efforts on the professional development of early career scientists, increasing underrepresented minorities in STEMM through managing undergraduate research training programs, and developing K-12 outreach programs. Her commitment to exposing youth to science spans over 20 years and has been recognized by local and national organizations, including the NOBCChE Dr. Henry McBay Outstanding Educator Award and the NIH Merit Award.

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