Our Leadership Team
We are a group of scientists who believe that Science Matters in Georgia. We believe that science is the answer to some of the biggest problems facing Georgia and our world. But to be effective, we have to be able to break down barriers and explain science to our neighbors. We have to give people opportunities to explore science in ways that engage them. And we need to expand the influence of the scientific community.
A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His past experience includes systems engineering in both the private sector and in civil service with the U.S. Air Force. He is currently a Software Design Engineer at SAP engaged in services innovation and data science projects. He helped found Science for Georgia to improve awareness of the historic improvements in quality of life driven by evidence-based policy, to highlight where policy makers have fallen short, and to create discussions around what we can do right now to implement better evidence-based policy.
Amy is a biomedical engineer, with a PhD in radiation physics. Amy has had a passion for science education and outreach her entire career, from building summer STEM camps at Duke and organizing outreach for WIE Atlanta and ACSF Perth. She has been a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, deputy chief scientist and big data branch head at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and product manager at several Atlanta start-ups.
Brandy graduated from Emory University with a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Emory University where she studies intestinal immunity. She is passionate about science communication and helping to take technology from the research lab to the clinic where they can best help people. She helped found Science for Georgia with the hope of encouraging communication between scientists and policy makers because policy built on unbiased evidence is the foundation of effective change that is in the public interest.
Priya has a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health and currently manages an analytical chemistry laboratory at Emory University, developing methods and assessing human exposures to commonly used chemicals. Her professional interests lie in diminishing health disparities and environmental exposures, particularly to developmental and reproductive toxicants. She chose to join Science for Georgia because science is fundamental to our success and survival on this planet. We must advocate for evidence-based decision making and show the world that science is an essential part of our daily lives and benefits all of us, regardless of affiliation or background.
Having spent more than 25 years in development, Randy has worked with small and large organizations, including global nonprofits, universities, national and local organizations. He recently wrote an article comparing sourdough bread baking with development. He is excited to be part of the team!
Michael Czajkowski, PhD
Michael is a Soft Matter physicist trying to figure out how origami works. Michael's interest in science policy started in graduate school in Syracuse where he helped organize the March for Science and co-founded a Graduate Science Policy Group. He is focused on science communication and outreach as essential and yet underdeveloped avenues of communication. With his work, he hopes to better connect the public with the benefits of science that their taxes support.
Nathan is an Atlanta native, received his B.S. in biology (Class of 2010) and M.S. in cell biology and immunology (Class of 2013) at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he began his research career. He then moved to Birmingham to pursue his Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he focused on brain tumor research. His post-doc was at Emory University in the department of Pharmacology, where he continued his work to better understand brain tumors. Outside of the laboratory, he is Vice President of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Georgia Chapter. Nathan will be joining the 2020-21 class of AAAS policy fellows and is currently transitioning his career to science policy within the federal government.
Liam graduated from Georgia Southern University with BA’s in chemistry and the Spanish language. His research background includes experience in soil-water and soil greenhouse gas emission analysis while his non-research background centers on leadership, civic engagement, and paralegal work. Realizing the disconnect between the scientific community and the public, he decided to focus his outreach efforts there and is excited to be volunteering with Science for Georgia in the Athens area. Outside of these endeavors catch him hiking, involved in (sign-language) community theater, or reading in a hammock somewhere.
Iqra is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Public Health. After spending her undergraduate career conducting research on health disparities and presenting effective science communication strategies, she hopes to merge both disciplines and develop a lifelong career based around health policy interventions. When she’s not busy working on her path to the perfect graduate program, you may find her cooking, reading, laughing at her own jokes, or mapping out a blueprint of what her life will look like in another 20 years!
Yasmine is a junior at Emory University studying biology. On campus, she is involved in molecular biology research. Her explorations in undergraduate science taught her about the importance of getting science in the hands of people and policymakers who can make informed decisions to impact the way people live.
Abbey is a senior at the University of Georgia, completing a degree in journalism with a minor in biology and a certificate in new media. Her emphasis within the program is in visual journalism, particularly photojournalism. She has a love of all things science, but most especially oceanography and marine science. As a student, Abbey has had the opportunity to design and complete a research project on loggerhead sea turtle nesting habits which was then passed on to the local DRC for conservation purposes. When she isn’t studying or photographing, Abbey enjoys participating in community service projects through her service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma, kickboxing, and playing soccer.