Congratulations to Rukia Henry who recently graduated at the top of her class with dual degree and high honors. The soon-to-be Virologist earn a B.S in Biology and Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa at Howard University, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Pharmacology at Rutgers University.
Born in Guyana, Rukia has experienced a long history of breast cancer in her immediate family and is determined to continue the fight against this terrible disease. As a result, she founded the Community Health Access Missionary Program (CHAMP) and has led a team of health professionals who administered health screening and care to communities in Guyana with no immediate access to healthcare.
In 2017, Rukia won the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Outstanding Achievement Award for her research project on the “Entry and Transport of Pseudorabies Virus Infection in Central Nervous System Neurons.” Prior to that, she was selected for the Atlantis Fellowship program and was placed in Zaragoza Spain for 3 weeks, where she was able to witness the practice of healthcare first-hand in a global setting and gain insight on international medicine.
On Saturday June 23, 2018, Dr. Rukia Henry will one of 10 women honored at the Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Honors and Awards Luncheon, for her dedication and achievements in research and science.