Margaret (Peg) Riley, Ph.D.
Margaret (Peg) Riley, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her Ph.D. at Harvard University and joined the faculty at Yale University, where she remained for 15 years while developing an internationally renowned research program in antimicrobial drug discovery. Her seminal studies contributed to our understanding of the human microbiome. In 2009 Dr. Riley co-founded a biopharmaceutical company, Bacteriotix LLC, whose mission is to provide proof of concept for this new drug development paradigm, with a focus on therapeutic interventions for urinary tract and pulmonary infections. In 2009 Dr. Riley co-founded the Institute for Drug Resistance, whose mission is to facilitate novel, multidisciplinary approaches to addressing the challenge of drug resistance and created a new Gordon Research Conference on Drug Resistance. In 2007 Dr. Riley founded the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.
About the Program Director of Engage in STEM: Reporting to the President, the Program Director of Engage in STEM will be responsible for the operational success of the program, which currently operates in multiple sites across Massachusetts. The Program Director’s primary duties are as follows: Cultivate existing relationships with school districts with the goal of ensuring sufficient space and resources, and access to student and teachers; Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the success of the program; Administer logistics of program design and implementation, including but not limited to recruiting and managing mentors, raising program funds, arranging mentor transportation, designing program evaluation protocol, and distributing, collecting, and analyzing program evaluations.