Bijean Ford, PhD

Stone mountain, Georgia, United States
Dr. Bijean Ford was originally born in Kingston, Jamaica and emigrated to the United States with his parents as an infant. After living in Yonkers, New York for a few years, his family moved south to Durham, North Carolina where he lived out the rest of his childhood until he left to begin his undergraduate endeavors at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After 5 years of studies and participation in extracurricular activities such as NCAA track and field, intramural basketball, and performing with the university symphony orchestra, Dr. Ford graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish.

Dr. Ford proceeded to move back to the Raleigh-Durham area to work for a few years as a research assistant in histology/toxicology and a vaccine bio-technician at WIL research Labs and Merck Pharmaceuticals, respectively. He then was accepted into a 1-year academic research training opportunity at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, after which, he applied to and was accepted into their Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis PhD program. He specialized in researching cystic fibrosis among other respiratory diseases, and while conducting his research, Dr. Ford pursued scientific and medical writing opportunities on campus, through independent external scientific platforms, and with the Lupus Research Alliance. He also collaborated with close colleagues to launch a science-centric website called Science Lion Media, which focused on discussing contemporary scientific topics and public health issues.

In January of 2021, Dr. Ford began working with the Biotechnology Institute as a Biodiversity teacher and a scientist-in-residence crafting curricula for students of diverse backgrounds and age groups. After defending his thesis, Dr. Ford broke into the pharmaceutical industry by accepting a position with Intercept Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Manager of Regulatory Medical Writing in September of 2021.

Dr. Ford is married to Alexandria Ford, his wife of 4 years, and currently lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and
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