Medeva Ghee, a graduate of North Carolina State University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in zoology, earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology in 1997 from New York University School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral research was conducted with a team of CNRS researchers in Paris, France, where she employed biochemical and gene therapy technologies to investigate the impact of protein aggregation in Parkinson's disease. In 2005, Dr. Ghee worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation as a Laboratory Systems Specialist for the HIV/AIDS Initiative. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and strategic advice on the development of laboratory plans and systems to support national HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in the Initiative's partner countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ghee joined the Leadership Alliance as the Assistant Director in 2006 and was appointed the Executive Director of the Leadership Alliance in July 2011. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the 35 member consortium of institutions and private industry dedicated to increasing the participation of underrepresented students in competitive graduate and doctoral training programs and ultimately developing leaders and role models in academia, the public and private sectors. In addition to her administrative responsibilities at Brown, Dr. Ghee also has an academic appointment as an assistant professor of the practice in behavioral and social sciences. In this capacity, Dr. Ghee teaches a course that leverages multidisciplinary approaches to support HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Brown, she also serves as a mentor for both undergraduates and graduate students. Her mentoring efforts were honored by the Samuel M. Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association with the Ruth J. Simmons Award for Leadership.