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Mentewab Ayalew, Ph.D.

Mentewab Ayalew

Panelist: The Role of Big Data in the Biomedical Sciences

Mentewab Ayalew is an associate professor of biology at Spelman College. She obtained her Ph.D. in plant cellular and molecular biology at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Agronomie de Toulouse in France.

Since joining the faculty ranks at Spelman, she has put considerable emphasis on the integration of research, teaching and student development. More recently, Ayalew has led efforts to infuse quantitative and computational thinking in research and education in biology. She has been engaged in building the department’s strategic partnership with the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University as well as providing faculty development and support through a series of National Science Foundation-funded grants in the area of biological big data.

In addition to teaching, she uses modeling tools as well as metagenomics and metatranscriptomic analysis in her quest to understand antibiotic resistance in plants. Ayalew is also the co-director of the Living and Learning Community of STEM Scholars, a program initiated in fall 2015 to foster the intellectual engagement and provide mentoring and development opportunities to Spelman students aspiring to pursue a STEM Ph.D. or an M.D./Ph.D.