Switching on the Lights Within Cells
Nyema is originally from Yulee, a small town in Florida. He attended Purdue University where he obtained his B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in biotechnology. He finds chemistry both an interesting and exciting way to find answers to questions at the heart of human disease. He believes chemistry is also a way you can qualitatively and quantitatively attempt to fix problems at the molecular level. He has been very active in STEM outreach since first arriving in Iowa City in 2015. He has been involved in various local events like the Iowa Climate Festival, Penn Elementary Annual Science Night, and the Iowa City Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Festival. He was also the host of the KRUI talk show, Science for Sixty, where he designed the show to highlight individuals from all areas of science and all different stages of their scientific careers. An attempt to push for increased community-based scientific literacy. In his free time out of the laboratory, Nyema can often be found outdoors, kayaking, hiking, gardening, longboarding, or playing tennis.