Ke Aira Davis is originally from Macon, Georgia. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Ke Aira also holds a Master of Science degree in Biology/Microbiology. Matriculating through undergraduate studies, she participated in the Clark Atlanta University, Center of Cancer Research Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) as a summer intern. Ke Aira was under the mentorship of Dr. Joann Powell and her project focused on “Localization of AhR using Immunocytochemical Staining and Western Blot Analysis.”The type of drugs demonstrated showed localization in the nucleus of prostate cancer cells. While completing her Master’s degree, Ke Aira had the opportunity to participate in an internship, Research Experience for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (REUG) in China. During this opportunity, she was under the mentorship of Dr. Tyesha Farmerfrom Alabama A&M University and Dr. Liming Bian from Nanjing Forestry University. Her Master’s report focus was “Phenotypic correlations among traits within Chinese fir tree.” It determined the assessment of growth traits, physical features, and province of origin in 30 trees randomly selected in China. The project examined the variation and degree of correlation between these traits.
Ke Aira is a third year Ph.D. student and a member of Dr. Kelly Rice lab. Her work focuses on the “Effects of Simulated Microgravity Growth on Streptococcus mutans Physiology”. Her current work is funded through the NASA Space grant. She also held a position as a Pink S.T.E.M. Ambassador since 2014. She has been heavily involved in Pink S.T.E.M. working closely with her mentor Tamika Ray-Head as a Program Director. She has helped with writing grants and attended grant writing workshops. She has taught classes and courses which are related to the science field.