Black History Month: a conversation with Devin Swiner

Inventors — February 3, 2021

Black History Month: a conversation with Devin Swiner

A conversation with Devin Swiner

During February, our team is celebrating Black History month in conversation with our partners about programs and issues affecting the Black community. 

This week, as we focus on researchers and inventors, Cassie Dickerson, director of commercialization in Ohio State’s Corporate Engagement Office, talks with Devin Swiner, a PhD candidate in Ohio State’s Analytical Chemistry program.  

Last year, Devin was named Ohio State’s Next Generation Innovator of the Year for her work on developing a new ionization source for mass spectrometry using cellulose materials for applications in clinical diagnostics. She is interested in using mass spectrometry to study clinically relevant samples for disease detection. She’s also recently been named to this year’s REACH for Commercialization co-hort.  

Here, Devin talks about her path into chemistry and how she came to build an online community dedicated to inspiring more Black women into STEM. She’s the founder of #MacScientists, a brand committed to changing the face of STEM and uplifting women of color.