Bazemore-Walker Joins WSSU as Director of Science Initiatives

August 16, 2013

Dr. Carthene R. Bazemore-WalkerDr. Carthene R. Bazemore-Walker has been named director of science initiatives at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) where she will also be a tenured associate professor in the department of Chemistry.

"Each year, more than a third of all new students enter WSSU intending to major in a basic or applied science field.  As director of science initiatives, Dr. Bazemore-Walker will collaborate with faculty, government agencies, professional organizations, business and community organizations, and other institutions to provide teaching and research support to increase the number of students at WSSU who are retained and graduate with degrees in the natural and physical sciences" said Dr. Brenda Allen, provost.
Prior to joining WSSU, Bazemore-Walker was assistant professor in the department of chemistry and graduate program trainer for the departments of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry and molecular pharmacology and physiology at Brown University.  Bazemore-Walker's former doctoral students have earned competitive postdoctoral fellowships as well as assumed positions in industry and government.

Bazemore-Walker previously served on the faculty in the departments of chemistry at the University of Virginia and Norfolk State University.  She also spent two years as postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and supervisor of mass spectrometry with Praecis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

A noted researcher, Bazemore-Walker has secured funding to support her research program in bio-analytical chemistry from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Leukemia Research Foundation.  She was awarded a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award at Brown in 2010 and was elected into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society while at MIT.

Bazemore-Walker is a graduate of Norfolk State University where she was a Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences Scholarship recipient.  She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Virginia as a dual Graduate Presidential Fellow and David and Lucile Packard Graduate Fellow for chemistry, physics and math.

Active in the broader scientific community, Bazemore-Walker has chaired and organized several sessions at scientific conferences and is on the editorial board for Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and the features advisory panel for Analytical Chemistry.  She recently served on the publications committee for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the U.S. Human Proteome Organization.

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