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Carolyn Cousin, Ph.D. Carolyn Cousin, Ph.D.

University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW,
Washington DC 20008
phone: (202) 274-5874
fax: (202) 274-5264

Carolyn Cousin is a full professor and former Department Chairperson of in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the UDC from 1995-2000. She is the director of the Masters Degree Program in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control and Director of the UDC Community Cancer-Outreach Committee. Dr. Cousin is an experienced cell biologist/parasitologist with a long research interest in the area of schistosomiasis. She is an electron microscopist and her extensive work on the ultrastructure of the cercarial stage in the life cycle of its causative agent, the flatworm Schistosoma mansoni was published in 2002 and has been cited extensively.

She has received over 5 million dollars to research this organism from NIH and the Agency for International Development. Since the inception of UDC/LCCC Cancer Partnership Dr. Cousin has transitioned to cancer training and outreach activities. Currently she heads all the cancer-related activities at UDC, which comprise both basic and outreach activities. Also, she is the PI on a USDA funded grant to examine the current perception of African Americans on cancer in the District of Columbia. Dr. Cousin has been awarded the 2007 National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education NOBLE Prize. She was also the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Award for the most outstanding achievement in education and research at UDC.

Dr. Cousin was awarded a million dollar Health Careers Opportunity (HCOP) 3-year grant from Health and Human Services (HHS) to recruit area disadvantaged high school students to pursue allied health careers. Further to enhance the dissemination of undergraduate and graduate research at HBCUs, she has obtained three T36 conference grants from NIGMS. To train undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, she, also, received a 5-year STEM grant to improve STEM programs, student recruitment and retention at UDC. Currently she is the PI of the U56 UDC/LCCC Cancer-Partnership grant from the NCI/NIH, Bridges to the Doctorate grant from NIGMS/NIH, and a Cancer Academy grant from NCI/NIH

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Updated: 04/30/12