Haitian Scientific Society Seminar Series

Saturday October 28, 2023


Zoom-Link: https://umassboston.zoom.us/j/94777986513




A Look into Nanotechnology and its Possibilities



Olivia Geneus

Eli Lilly & Co



Abstract:  Nanotechnology is an evolving field with several applications in medicine (drug development), environment, food, electronics, engineering, sustainable energy, and more. It is the study and application of extremely small materials (at the nanoscale). This is a multifaced and interdisciplinary discipline, filled with opportunities within academia, industry/pharmaceutical, and non-profits. The percentage of Black Nanoscientists is limited, even though Black Scientists continue to make significant differences cross STEM and related fields. Representation within the field of nanotechnology is important as it helps to start the recruitment process at the lower level (i.e. middle school, high school). It is thus critical to introduce to build institutional and non-profit organizations that brings STEM programs to the younger generation.



Olivia Geneus is a trained Physicist, Chemist, and Nanoscientist. She obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York, at Buffalo where her research focused on developing multi-modal theranostic agents suitable for targeted cancer therapy of Glioblastoma Multiform. She holds a Dual B.S. in Physics and Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, Dr. Geneus is an Associate Director in Medical Affairs -Neuroscience at Eli Lilly & Co. As a distinguished panelist and keynote speaker, Dr. Geneus has provided broader engagement and shared expert knowledge on the advancements in scientific fields such as chemistry and public health. As a STEM diversity advocate, Dr. Geneus’ goal is to reduce the cold climate that marginalized groups constantly face in scientific fields. Dr. Geneus is the co-founder of Black in Nanotechnology, a sustainable institutional non-profit organization that supports underrepresented highschool, undergraduate, and graduate students throughout their academic and professional careers. She remains passionate and optimistic as ever in helping students, especially underrepresented students, transition into their post-academic careers. Dr. Geneus has been featured in Forbes, Physics World Magazine, NBC's WGRZ-TV, NSF Sustainable Nanotechnology, and more.