S. Afua Owusu, BS, PhD

Afua attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) where she earned a B.S. in Physiology with a minor in Chemistry in 2009. During her time at SIUC, she had the opportunity to conduct undergraduate scientific research in endocrinology as a Ronald E. McNair and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation scholar. Afua then participated in an NIH funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham—where she studied cardiac mitochondrial respiration redox cell signaling in the Department of Pathology. In 2015, Afua received her PhD in Physiology at Pennsylvania State University, as a Bunton-Waller Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan scholar, investigating vitamin A metabolism in neonatal lung development and lung injury. In 2018, she completed her NIH T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital in the Department of Genetic Medicine specializing in the areas of Personalized Medicine and Gene Therapy, elucidating vitamin A metabolism and genetic variation in the human airway epithelium of cigarette smokers. During her post-doctoral training, she earned an Advanced Certificate in Clinical & Translational Investigation and received trainee development scholarships through the American Thoracic Society. Afua joined the STAC team in June 2019 and coordinates a variety of clinical research conducted in the Department of Surgery.