Parris Washington


Parris Washington

Parris Washington is a senior Neurobiology major at Spelman College. She is currently enrolled in the dual degree program Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Neuroscience. At Spelman College, she works under the mentorship of Dr. Tiffany Oliver in the Biology Department. There she investigates the association of zinc-finger binding domain gene, PRDMP, to the absence of recombination along nondisjoined chromosomes 21 in Hispanic maternal populations. At the Morehouse School of Medicine, Parris works under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Debruyne where she investigates the differing transcriptional responses between the human and mouse circadian clock resetting mechanisms. Parris has been a winner at several national conferences including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (2015) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Conference (2016). In addition to being a student researcher, Parris volunteers with Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Rising program and the National Cares Movement, where she serves as in-school science tutor and mentor at middle schools within the Atlanta Public School system. Post graduation, Parris plans to continue in her Masters of Science program. She then plains attain her Ph.D. in Genetics and Bioinformatics. Ultimately she hopes to pursue a career in science policy.


Telephone: (404) 270-5713
(404) 270-5796
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Box 310
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location:
Tapley 412


The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
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