Pauleatha Diggs, hailing from Cartersville, GA, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a B.S. in Neuroscience. This year, she also obtained a M.S. in Biotechnology from UAB. During her undergraduate studies, Pauleatha served as president of Students for a Healthier Community and participated on the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth council. Pauleatha also researched Alzheimer’s disease in Dr. Erik Roberson’s lab. In the near future, Pauleatha hopes to become a physician so that she may be equipped to combine her passions for biomedical research and for meeting the unmet health needs of underserved populations.

Do you have any nicknames?

As a child, the nickname given to me by family members was “Miss P.” Sadly, I outgrew this nickname and wandered throughout life without a pet name to claim as my own until age 18. At this age, the glorious moniker “Paulie D,” was bestowed upon me. Though the nickname was inspired by Pauly D of Jersey Shore, Paulie D has proudly never seen an episode of the show.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In her spare time, Paulie D enjoys indulging in character-driven TV shows, going to the gym, and discovering new music.