Dr. Ava Morrow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morgan State University in 1980. In the same year, she began her career at Gallaudet University, working in the biology department as a laboratory technician. She majored in microbiology at Howard University where she earned a Master of Science degree (1988) and a Ph.D. (2004). After completing her master’s degree, Dr. Morrow became an instructor in the biology department at Gallaudet. She retired as a full professor of microbiology from Gallaudet in January 2013 after completing 32 years of service. Dr. Morrow is a passionate advocate who promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by speaking to elementary, middle and high school students about careers in science and serving as a judge for science fairs. Dr. Morrow is the STEM Program Director for the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. She also serves as a mentor for students and university faculty members. In addition to her career as a microbiologist, Dr. Morrow is a certified sign language interpreter for the Deaf. She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and earned the interpretation certification (IC) and the translation certification (TC) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) in 1983. For over thirty-five years, she has interpreted in a myriad of settings as a free-lance interpreter. Dr. Morrow is the CEO of SHARAVA, LLC, a sign language interpreting service, she is the bylaws chair of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters District of Columbia Chapter (NAOBI-DC), she is a life member and the former Vice President of Morgan State University’s Alumni Association-DC Chapter, she is a member of the Medical Reserve Corp of the Prince Georges County Health Department, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).