Mya Wells is a Sophomore Biology major, Chemistry and Environmental Studies double minor from Cincinnati, OH. Throughout her time at Howard University, Mya has gained clinical and research experiences that will be a steppingstone to her career. She is currently receiving clinical experience as a volunteer at Howard University Hospital. Under the mentorship of Elena Reece, MD, Chief of Allergy & Immunology, she has had the opportunity to observe the following clinical procedures: lung function testing, allergy skin testing, and allergy injections. Mya has participated in the SEA-PHAGES Honors Research Program at Howard University where her research aims to isolate, purify, and characterize a bacteriophage sample. Mya is also currently involved in the LSAMP program where, under the mentorship of Janelle Burke, PhD, she is leading a research project to examine air pollution in urban areas and its effects on rates of asthma and allergic disease.
Mya has been honored with the GEAR-UP International Research Award, where she will travel to Ghana this summer to conduct scientific research. Additionally this summer, Mya has been accepted into the inaugural cohort of the three-year Global Sustainability Scholars Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she will travel to Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom to focus on identifying innovative solutions to environmental problems and sustainability. These
opportunities will allow Mya to launch the next stage of her professional career in clinical practice and research.
She has an unwavering commitment to reducing health disparities by addressing environmental social determinants of health. Mya’s vision is to not only become a physician, but also to conduct research to examine underlying environmental causes on poor health outcomes in under-served communities.