Ninecia Scott, Ph.D.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ninecia Scott, Ph.D., attended North Carolina Central University (a HBCU—historically black college and/or university) and obtained her B.S. degrees in pharmaceutical sciences and biology. Scott's Ph.D. was obtained at Washington University in St. Louis in molecular microbiology and microbial pathogenesis. Her research focus was on understanding the beneficial and pathogenic impacts of the immune system during pulmonary Tuberculosis infections. Scott completed her post-doctoral research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on understanding Streptococcus pneumoniae invasion, particularly to the heart, and its contribution to cardiac injury. Currently, Scott is a Laboratory Leadership Fellow within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
During Scott's scientific career, she has been heavily involved in promoting diversity in science and microbiology and has been given many awards due to her work. Scott was named a 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Fellow, 1 of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists by Cell Mentor and "1 of the 7 women scientists in Birmingham you need to know." She is founder and holds an advisory position for UAB’s Black Postdoctoral Association and is a co-founder, an executive board member and programming director of the Black Microbiologist Association. Scott continues to be active in these efforts through ASM as the Georgia ASM Young Ambassador, a mentor with the Future Leaders Mentoring Fellowship and as a member of the Subcommittee on Minority Education.