For Black History month, the ReTOOL Program has decided to feature our young Black scientists as they embark on exciting careers. Today’s featured alum is Dr. Chloe Martin.
Which school did you attend?
I attended Florida A&M University.
What are you currently studying/researching?
My research examines psychological factors associated with cancer prevention and control in medically under-served populations including racial/ethnic minorities, low income families, and other at-risk populations. Currently, I am leading an investigation examining factors related to tobacco treatment trial participation among African-Americans seeking lung cancer screening (R01 CA207442- 03S1; P.I. Jamie Ostroff).
Where are you studying/conducting research?
I am conducting my research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Who is your science hero?
My science hero is Dr. Giselle M. Corbie-Smith- she is a bold and prolific writer, a notable leader in the field of academic medicine, and is dedicated to improving racial/ethnic minority health in the U.S.
What does it mean to you to be a young Black scientist?
As a Black scientist, I’m well-positioned to contribute to the psychophysiological emancipation of Blacks through health promotion and cancer prevention. As a young person, my most abundant and valuable resource is time- time to work with and learn from established experts and time to continue building the legacy of excellence that preceeds me.
What message would you like to send to young Black students interested in cancer research?
Most of us have been or will be affected by cancer during our lifetime. Contributing to our understanding of this illness and its effects on the human experience is altogether rewarding, challenging, and impactful.
Do you have anything else you would like to add or mention?
I am a member of the first ReTOOL program cohort (2012). The training and mentorship I received initiated my research career as a behavioral scientist focused on cancer prevention and control in racial/ethnic minorities. I would like to thank my mentors Dr. Folakemi Odedina and Dr. Renee Reams for their continued support over the past eight years.