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Greenwood Genetics Center Instructor Named to Mobile Lab Coalition Board

Ashley LaVerdure

The Mobile Laboratory Coalition (MLC) is an international community of traveling STEM outreach programs. The organization provides education, fosters collaboration, and serves as a central resource of knowledge, curricula, and best practices for member programs.

LaVerdure, who will serve a two-year term on the MLC board, joined GGC in 2019 as an instructor traveling across SC and leading activities for middle and high school students through the Center’s popular ‘Gene Machine’ and ‘Helix Express’ Mobile Science Labs. She was recently promoted to operations manager for the program.

“I’m thrilled to serve on the MLC board to continue to encourage collaboration within our community and to learn from other programs dedicated to informal science education,” said LaVerdure. “Mobile lab programs face unique challenges, and working closely with others in the mobile lab community benefits everyone – most importantly, our students and teachers.”

“We are so proud that Ashley will be representing GGC as a leader in this coalition that has been so beneficial to the development and success of our mobile lab outreach here in South Carolina,” said Leta Tribble, PhD, GGC’s Director of Education. “Ashley is a wonderful instructor with initiative and great ideas on how to expand our reach. GGC and the MLC are fortunate to benefit from her enthusiasm and leadership.”

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.