Be your best. Follow your purpose. Ignore the microaggressions. Empower your community

Who is Dr. Maya Byfield?

Dr. Maya Byfield has a BS in Biology from Oakwood University, MS in Biomedical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She conducted her Post-Doctoral associate work in Neuroscience at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. She is currently a tenured Professor of Biology. For bright minds with the potential to become America’s next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) leaders, Dr. Maya Byfield is a bridge between innate talent and real-world opportunities. A role model to female and minority students, she helps a wide cross-section of young people chart promising futures.

Educational Background

PhD in Molecular Pharmacology with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience

Special Awards

Top 100 Women in STEM in Diversity Magazine

How did you choose to pursue this field?

I loved science as a child. I was granted research opportunities in College and decided to pursue being a scientist rather than medicine.

Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?

My college professors were my inspiration.

Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?

I was originally premed. I was not interested in healing. I excelled in sciences and teaching, so I decided to go for my PhD rather than MD

What do you love most about your job?

The freedom is something that I love.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job or career?

I loving watching students gain a love for science.

What things would you change about your job?

I would love to make more money. Who wouldn’t?

What has been the most difficult or disappointing aspect of your job?

Not being able to reach many. Seeing the low levels of retention of men of color.

How have you combated the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?

I create clubs to increase numbers of minorities in STEM.

What tips would you offer for anyone thinking about entering into your profession?

Be comfortable with ignorance. Don’t come with a judgmental spirit.

What advice would you give your younger self about your career journey as a “woman of color” working in a predominantly white, male-dominated field?

Be your best. Follow your purpose. Ignore the microaggressions. Empower your community

Can you provide some words of wisdom to young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice?

Be excellent.

What is your favorite Quote? How do you apply this to your life?

Lean not unto your understanding. I trust God for my future.

What are your future goals related to your career?

My future goal is to establish a successful business.

How has your family influenced your journey and provide support?

My heritage encouraged education, especially in medicine. They gave me high expectations

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