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Dr. Imari Shaw

Headshot of Dr. Imari ShawAssistant Professor

Elston Hall, 400A

M.D., Medical University of Lublin, Poland
B.S., Franklin Pierce University

Dr. Imari J. Shaw is currently serving an Assistant Professor of Biology at SUNY Schenectady. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., of Jamaican parentage. At an early age, Dr. Shaw was intrigued by scientific processes and was very curious. Following this intrigue, she enrolled in Queens Gateway to Health Science Secondary School in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. It was there that she pursued accelerated science and mathematics in junior high school and throughout high school. After graduation, she applied to Franklin Pierce College (now University) in Rindge, N.H., where she majored in Biology and minored in Mathematics. After graduating in 2006, she attained additional credits in Exercise Science at the University of Buffalo. She then decided to return to medicine and applied to the Medical University of Lublin in Lublin, Poland, where she studied and learned Polish.

After graduation, Dr. Shaw began working for SUNY Schenectady as a Minority Development Faculty Intern in 2018. During this internship, she learned pedagogy, mentorship, and the needs of community colleges students. While working at SUNY Schenectady, she also learned the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within educational institutions and scientific disciplines.

Dr. Shaw is a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and is currently serving on their Inclusive Teaching subcommittee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She continues to learn and develop skills as a science educator and as an advocate for students and people of color within STEM disciplines.