Nakisha Rutledge is a senior graduate student and PhD candidate at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, working in the laboratory of Dr. William Muller. Prior to entering graduate school at Northwestern, Nakisha received a BS in Biochemistry from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) in 2013. Her undergraduate research focused on the identification of natural products as potential therapeutic targets for prostate cancer. During the summer of 2013, Nakisha worked as a research assistant at the Perinatology Research Branch at Wayne State University. Nakisha’s PhD research is centered around the characterization of the adhesion molecule CD99L2 as a regulator of inflammation (funded through a National Research Service Award-F31 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute).
She has been a member of the ASIP since 2017 and received an ASIP Trainee Travel Award to attend the Experimental Biology 2018 meeting in San Diego. In 2020, Nakisha was selected to receive an A.D. Sobel Scholar Trainee Travel Award. Nakisha strives to increase diversity in STEM through actively mentoring underrepresented minorities through scientific community outreach and volunteerism. She has led a number of outreach projects through different organizations at Northwestern, and she currently serves on the ASIP Committee for Career Development and Diversity (CCDD) and as a Co-Leader of Women in Pathology.