Andre Samuel, Ph.D.:
The Citizen Science Lab
Andre Samuel, Ph.D., an enthusiastic research biologist, is the engine that drives The Citizen Science Lab. As president and CEO of the hands-on laboratory in which those with inquisitive minds can explore the life sciences, Samuel puts his passions— for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and outreach to local schools and the wider community—to work by creating fun, engaging, real-world experiences in the lab.
He holds a degree in biology from the University of the District of Columbia. Following graduate study in genomics and bioinformatics at the George Washington University, Samuel received a Ph.D. in biology from Duquesne University, where he focused his research on the structure and function of the cold shock related proteins in E. coli. While a Ph.D. candidate, Samuel founded the S.I.G.M.A Science Mentorship Initiative, a summer study program that introduced diverse ninth-graders to the university’s lab—and its graduate and undergraduate students— to encourage their pursuit of scientific research careers. The initiative, whose name is an acronym for its core principles—science, innovation, growth, mentorship, and achievement— evolved into The Citizen Science Lab through a partnership between Duquesne University and Urban Innovation21. The lab has served nearly 1,900 students since it opened in 2015.