Dr. Thessicar E. Antoine

Dr. Thessicar E. Antoine received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014 in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. During her graduate career she focused on the development of nanoparticles as an alternative therapeutic for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus-1 and Herpes Simplex Virus-2 infections. Dr. Antoine has successfully published nine peer-reviewed articles in refereed scientific journals.

During her matriculation at the University of Illinois at Chicago she was awarded several prestigious research fellowships including the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, The Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, and the INRO National Institute of Health Fellowship, based on her prowess in research and zeal for science.  After the completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Antoine matriculated to Georgia State University where she is currently completing her post-doc at the Viral Immunology Center under the mentorship of Dr. Julia K. Hilliard.  Dr. Antoine conducts research and diagnostic procedures in a high-level bio-containment facility where she investigates the usage of a nanoparticle system for directed drug delivery against zoonotic infections. She has patterned her life after a Swahili term, “Sankofa” which means, “never moving forward without looking back” and truly believes that education and exposure to STEM are the best investments you can give to future generations.