Poster Competition Judges


Dr. Doug Dluzen

Dr. Doug Dluzen hails from the small town of Roscoe, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He earned his B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the Pennsylvania State University Hershey College of Medicine. While a graduate student, Doug identified novel non-coding RNAs that regulate liver enzyme gene expression which influences human variability in the metabolism of drugs and environmental compounds. He spent three years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore. While at the NIA and under the guidance of Dr. Michele Evans, Doug examined differential gene expression by race and disease status in women with hypertension. He identified novel microRNAs involved in the regulation of pathways associated with inflammation and cardiovascular function. Additionally, he studied non-coding RNAs that are found in the blood and serum and profiled them to understand how they may change as humans grow older.

Dr. Dluzen is a new faculty member in the Department of Biology at Morgan State University. His laboratory is focused on the intersection of human health disparities, aging, and the environment. He is interested in identifying novel biological and socioeconomic factors that influence health disparities in the community and their impact on healthy aging and age-related diseases. Doug also studies the role of non-coding RNAs in the biology of human aging and is working on identifying non-coding RNA biomarkers that can prevent or contribute to the alleviation of health disparities. When not at work, he likes to write science fiction and fantasy stories, hike with his wife and dog, and root for Chicago sports.

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Charlita Woodruff-White, M.S.

Charlita Woodruff-White is a lecturer at Morgan State University. She has taught courses in College Algebra, Finite Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Linear Algebra, Number Theory, and Mathematics for Elementary Education. Currently, she is involved in improving educational outcomes and experiences for students, particularly first-year students and students in fundamental courses. Through her involvement with the “Mobile Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching” program, she continually seeks to better understand teaching methodologies pertaining to mathematics and how to improve student performance through student-centered active learning. Her interest is also in the use of technology in mathematics instruction.

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Dr. Brenda James

Dr. Brenda J. James has worked at Morgan State University for twelve years.  She is the Director of the Center for Academic Success and Achievement.  Her office is responsible for a First Year Experience program, coordination of academic advising for all first-year students, coordination of a Second Year Experience program, management of the campus-wide Tutoring/Resource Center, and management of the CASA Academy summer bridge program which is an alternative admissions program.  Dr. James has more than 40 years of professional experience in education including K-12 as special education, military education, international education and higher education.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University, a master’s from the University of Kansas, and a master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University.  Her research interest focuses on faculty who create inclusive teaching learning environments.

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Dr. Linda Loubert

Linda Loubert, is a Political Economist with a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She completed a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan in the Ford Foundation Program on Poverty and Public Policy and Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research.  Currently, she is the interim chair and an associate professor in the Economics Department at Morgan State University.  Dr. Loubert, along with teaching economics, uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as a tool and generally applies it to spatial analysis surrounding economic issues. She is certified as a professional in GIS.  She has used GIS over the past 20 years to enhance her ability for spatial analysis of socioeconomic data, better known as GeoDemograhpics.  

She has served as treasurer for the National Economic Association in the past and is currently, a member on the board.  In other venues, she serves as a governor-appointed member of the Open Data Council for Maryland, and as a board member of local organizations in Baltimore.

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Lasean Robinson

Since March 2013, Mr. Lasean Robinson has worked as an academic advisor in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) at Morgan State University (MSU).  He is currently completing his graduate studies in history at MSU after earning an undergraduate degree in history from MSU in 2009. Mr. Robinson is a  dynamic scholar of history who has spent several years working as an Interpretive Park Ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine.  Mr. Robinson also taught middle school social studies at Baltimore City’s Bluford Drew Jemison Middle School.


Carla Jackson

Carla R. Jackson is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Morgan State University.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University (cum laude), and her graduate degree from the University of Baltimore (with honors). Her research is focused on minority faculty under-representation, which includes an exploration of the impact of under-representation on the well-being of minority professors. In March 2017, she received the Peer’s Choice
Research Award at the inaugural Morgan State Graduate Student Association’s Graduate Research, Interdisciplinary Network, and Development (GRIND) Conference.  Currently, she is working to complete her dissertation in time for a May 2018 graduation date, and she was recently chosen to present at The National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) 2018 Spring Conference

Rashida Williams
Rashida Williams, M. S.

Rashida Williams is a scientist and marketing specialist with 8 years experience in the biotech industry. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) before earning her Master of Science degree in Biotechnology Management at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). While an undergraduate student at UMBC, Ms. Williams volunteered in the x-ray shock trauma department at the University of Maryland Medical Center and did research on Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

After obtaining her BS degree, she was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship based at the Bethesda, MD location, working in the imaging sciences department. Ms. Williams stayed at NIH for 3 years, working on teams making breakthroughs with peripheral artery disease and traumatic brain injury. Her efforts are published in several peer-reviewed journal publications.

Currently, Ms. Williams leads marketing at Quality Biological, in the Biotech Heath Region of Gaithersburg, MD, rebranding the company to be the “Nordstrom of Science”.  Ms. Williams continues to volunteer, organizing for homeless advocacy in southern Maryland.  Her current passion project is assisting grass roots efforts building a startup company called Gull Block, which sells a psychological sea gull deterrent near Frederick, MD.

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