Dr Clytrice Watson

Dr Austin-Watson, Gender Summit 5 Africa speaker

Associate Professor of Biology, Associate Dean for Student Success, Delaware State University, Dover, DE, USA. 

A Translation from Theory to Practice
Knowledge Exchange Forum: Women of the African Diaspora in STEM Academic Leadership

Dr Watson received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Norfolk State University, Masters Degree from Delaware State University and PhD from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  She also serves as the Director of the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) and the EPSCoR High School Summer Research (HSSR) Program, which provide research opportunities for local high school students.  Past positions held include the Director of Forensic Biology, Associated Director for the MARC U*STAR program and Director for student support and scholarship.

Her research interests are in the area of microbial food safety with a focus on the validation of processed foods using mitochondrial DNA and alternative methods of controlling microbial growth.  Numerous graduate and undergraduate students have transitioned through her laboratory, thus making presentations at local, regional and national conferences. She is committed to serving her community as she has served on local school boards, participates in educational outreach programs and has made numerous presentations for local and regional schools. Her personal commitment to student mentoring and academic success stems from her personal experiences of having excellent mentors throughout her academic and professional career. Dr Watson recently completed a fellowship in academic leadership through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology via the NSF funded Opportunities for Underrepresented Scholars (OURS) program.