Interview with Dr. Basile Siewe, PhD - Pittsford PTSA Black History Month

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

WELCOME (in Swahili, "Karibu Sana!")

We hope that you enjoy our February 2021 Black History Month Program. After viewing this interview, bookmark the PTSA DEI Homepage and return to our website each week. Here you will find interviews, historical profiles, and resources providing snapshots of the culture and the legacy of the African Diaspora and life in America.

 

This week we interview Dr. Basile Siewe, a viral immunologist, currently a Director of Business Development at The Jackson Laboratory, a biotechnology company headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, with sites located across the United States.

Dr. Siewe’s job entails guiding biopharmaceutical companies and academic biomedical research groups in their research and drug development efforts. Basile’s work contributes to developing treatments for cancer, autoimmunity, infectious disease, and other conditions.

Basile, originally from Cameroon West-Central Africa, moved to Germany where he completed his Ph.D. in Immunology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Before the transition to his current leadership position, in 2014, Basile held a Junior faculty position at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and focused on understanding the science of HIV infection. During that time, he volunteered and fundraised for HIV causes.

Basile currently lives with his family in San Diego, California.

Listen to Dr. Siewe’s interview to learn about his experiences as an African man living in the United States and his inspiration for pursuing life as a biomedical research scientist.

 

OUR PROGRAM - BLACK HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY

We hope that you enjoy our February 2021 Black History Month Program. After viewing this interview, bookmark the PTSA DEI Homepage and return to our website each week. Here you will find interviews, historical profiles, and resources providing snapshots of the culture and the legacy of the African Diaspora and life in America.

Throughout February, we will share our PTSA programming. We will also include news about the exciting educational experiences that schools across our district have planned to help students and families celebrate Black History Month.

We know that it is essential to create welcoming schools and classrooms, where differences in language, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, unique abilities, etc., are viewed as assets rather than deficits. An awareness and acceptance of these differences are foundational to the success of all students.

After viewing this introduction, please bookmark the page and return to our website each week. Here you will find interviews, historical profiles, and resources providing snapshots of the culture and the legacy of the African Diaspora and life in America.