Dr. Carleitta Paige graduated from Virginia Union University (VUU) with a B. S. degree in Biology in 2003. Subsequently, she earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her graduate research involved studying the role of coenzyme A biosynthetic and redox functions in Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax disease. Dr. Paige completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in the Center for Tuberculosis Research to study the pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the etiological agent of tuberculosis disease. In both, anthrax and tuberculosis disease, the contagion is phagocytized by the host macrophages that provide a favorable environmental niche for disease manifestation. Given that each organism renders corresponding signal transduction cascades in response to a wide array of environmental signals, her long-term research interests include in-depth study of these signaling mechanisms to delineate therapeutic targets. Dr. Paige is a member of numerous scientific organizations including, Association for Women in Science, American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society.