Marshall Ph.D. candidate, 18 others meet with members of Congress to discuss matters of science policy


KristeenaWright_2015Kristeena Wright of Richmond, Virginia, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Marshall was one of 19 young scientists from colleges and universities across the United States who arrived on Capitol Hill earlier this month to meet with senators and representatives about the value of biomedical research.

Now in its seventh year, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s (ASBMB) Hill Day gave Wright and 18 other young researchers the chance to participate in up to 90 meetings with lawmakers and congressional staff about the work they are doing.

Undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars participating in the program come from academic institutions across America. They collaborated with members of the ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee to highlight the critical role that federal investments in research play in supporting the nation’s scientific enterprise and how those investments will lead to improvements in the quality of life and well-being of Americans.