Dominique Carter, PhD

Infectious Disease Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Global Innovation Strategist in Washington, DC

Dominique Carter, PhD

Infectious Disease Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Global Innovation Strategist in Washington, DC

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Dominique is currently an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this role, Dominique supports the Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE) within the Office of the Director (OD) by leveraging her academic, entrepreneurial, and science policy expertise to catalyze global partnerships in science and innovation in Europe and Africa.

In addition to her fellowship activities, Dominique is involved in several innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Dominique is the Co-Chair of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows Innovation and Entrepreneurship Affinity Group, for which she develops programming to teach scientists how to commercialize technology and become entrepreneurs. In 2017, Dominique was selected to be 1 of 50 Global Innovation Fellows by the US Department of State for the inaugural US-China Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Opportunities in Shenzhen, China. The forum showcased 50 American entrepreneurs and 50 Chinese entrepreneurs who are spearheading innovation in the US and China. Accordingly, Dominique was selected to attend the 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore to explore themes of growth and innovation for the United States and ASAEAN partner countries. Dominique is also serving as the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 2018 Young Ambassador of Science for the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. In this role, she working to promote global partnership and innovation in microbial sciences. Most recently, Dominique joined FedTech, a unique private venture that connects entrepreneurs to technologies developed across federal (DoD, NASA, DOE and other) laboratories. As a member of the Spring 18’ cohort, Dominique is on a team working to commercialize an at-home human papillomavirus (HPV) screening test for cervical cancer developed at the Army Research Laboratory.

Dominique received her Ph.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin where she received cross-disciplinary training in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and Bioengineering. Her doctoral work focused on systems biology technology development to study viral infection. Dominique is passionate about STEM education and STEM entrepreneurship, and she is an advocate for cross-disciplinary research and for the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

  • Work
    • National Science Foundation
  • Education
    • Medical College of Wisconsin