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Camellia Moses Okpodu

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Molecular Biologist
Plant Biochemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Asparagus
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Holden Beach, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
I don't need nobody to get me nothin'. Just open the door and I'll get it myself. - James Brown

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1964
Birth Location:
Portsmouth, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Molecular Biologist
Plant Biochemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Asparagus
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Holden Beach, North Carolina
Favorite Quote:
I don't need nobody to get me nothin'. Just open the door and I'll get it myself. - James Brown

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1964
Birth Location:
Portsmouth
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Biography

Research director and STEM educator Camellia Moses Okpodu was born on January 24, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Okpodu was the fourth of five children born to Frank Moses, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, and Luerevia Fullwood Moses. She graduated from West Brunswick High School in 1982, and then enrolled at North Carolina State University where she received her B.S. degree in biochemistry in 1987, and her Ph.D. degree in plant physiology and biochemistry in 1994. Upon graduation, Okpodu was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship in plant molecular biology at the Virginia Institute of Technology. She also received certificates in Documentation and Record Keeping from the BioPharma Institute Program, in Forensic DNA Databases and Courtroom Consideration from the National Institute of Justice via the Forensics Training Network, and in Hazardous Communication from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In 1996, Okpodu joined the faculty at Hampton University as an assistant professor in the department of biology. While there, she served as program director and principal investigator for Project O.A.K. from 1992 to 2002, and as chair of the department of biology from 1999 to 2000. In 2002, Okpodu left Hampton and joined the faculty at Elizabeth City State University where she was appointed to an endowed professorship and served for one year as the chair of the biology department. She then moved to Norfolk State University in 2003 where she was named professor and chair of the biology department. She also served as the director of the National Institutes of Health Extramural Research Office, director of the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, and as director of the Group for Microgravity and Environmental Biology (formerly, the Center of Microgravity and Environmental Biology).

Okpodu is a member of the Sigma Xi, Beta Kappa Chi, and the American Society of Plant Biology. Okpodu served as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Phycology, and has published her research in the Journal of Plant Physiology and the Journal of Plant Science. Her academic and professional awards include the Gordon Research Conference Travel Award, the Intelligence Community Faculty Scholar Award, and both the Award of Recognition and the Special Recognition of Merit Award from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition, she served as a National Institutes of Health Genome Fellow in 2006, an Extramural Research Associate Fellow in 2006, and as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2007.

Camellia Moses Okpodu was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 20, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Camellia Okpodu's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Camellia Okpodu lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Camellia Okpodu describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Camellia Okpodu describes her research on the Emancipation Oak pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Camellia Okpodu describes her research on the Emancipation Oak pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Camellia Okpodu describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Camellia Okpodu describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Camellia Okpodu describes being raised by her uncle and aunt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Camellia Okpodu describes the leaf collection that she submitted for a 4-H competition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Camellia Okpodu describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Camellia Okpodu talks about Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Camellia Okpodu talks about grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her extracurricular activities in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her uncle Legrand incorporating North Myrtle Beach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Camellia Okpodu describes her decision to attend North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Camellia Okpodu describes becoming Miss Brunswick County
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Camellia Okpodu describes her time at North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Camellia Okpodu describes why she became interested in biochemistry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Camellia Okpodu talks about sports at North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Camellia Okpodu describes her time in graduate school at North Carolina State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Camellia Okpodu talks about Arlene Maclin, Esther Terry, and Roseanne Runte
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Camellia Okpodu describes her doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her doing her postdoctoral work at Virginia Polytechnic and State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Camellia Okpodu describes her time as professor at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Camellia Okpodu describes her projects at Hampton University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Camellia Okpodu talks about Dr. Douglas Depriest
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Camellia Okpodu describes her transition from Hampton University to Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Camellia Okpodu describes her time as chair of a department at Norfolk State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Camellia Okpodu talks about photosynthesis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her work with undergraduate research pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her work with undergraduate research pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Camellia Okpodu describes her time as the director of the Office of Extramural Research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Camellia Okpodu talks about genetically modified food
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Camellia Okpodu talks about the Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Camellia Okpodu talks about the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Camellia Okpodu reflects on her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her concerns for parents and the next generation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Camellia Okpodu reflects on her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Camellia Okpodu talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Camellia Okpodu talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Camellia Okpodu describes her photographs