Dr. Irene Aninye is a Senior Program Associate with the Research Competitiveness Program. Her responsibilities include developing and leading site visits to evaluate the progress and outcomes of multi-year, multi-institution STEM initiatives led by university consortia. She also facilitates the external review of STEM programs at individual universities and peer-review processes for externally organized competitions.
Irene’s career in STEM research, education, and program administration began with undergraduate roots as a Meyerhoff Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). After earning her B.S. in biochemistry, Irene completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral research focused on developing high-throughput screens to identify and characterize novel small molecule inhibitors of progesterone receptor action in breast cancer. At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she completed postdoctoral training in endocrinology and metabolism, with a research focus on thyroid hormone action.
Prior to coming to AAAS, Irene spent over a decade engaging the scientific community through academic service, outreach, and teaching. She has served on multiple educational program, career development, and award review committees at professional societies and universities. At the National Institutes of Health, she worked with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES@NIH) to develop and implement biotech training programs and curricula. Dr. Aninye maintains a faculty appointment in Biology at Loyola University Maryland and continues to instruct courses at the NIH.