Who is Dr. Knatokie Ford?

Biomedical Scientist. Creative Science Communicator. Midwesterner with a slightly southern twang. Lover of the arts, good music, bright lipstick, and big hair. Soul sistah. Motivator. Dreamer. Game Changer. Believer.



Harvard University

PhD, Experimental Pathology

Dissertation: Role of VEGF in the Adult: A Tale of Two Epithelia.

Advisor: Patricia D'Amore


Clark Atlanta University

BS/MS, Chemistry/Biological Chemistry

Master’s Thesis: Down-regulation of the m2-mAChR is induced by ubiquitination of b-arrestin.



Fly Sci® Enterprise, LLC

Founder and CEO

Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Former Senior Policy Advisor


Other affiliations

Executive Advisor 

Association of National Advertisers' #SeeHer Initiative







Featured in...

Dr. Ford is featured among some incredible women in the 2018 BLACK GIRLS ROCK! book by DJ Beverly Bond. 

From imposter syndrome to Hidden Figures  and even a water cooler moment with President Obama, this fun article is a snapshot of Dr. Ford's inspiring story. 



Academic empowerment of children.


Innovative use of entertainment media to promote social change, particularly as it pertains to public perception and participation  in STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) careers. 


Knatokie M. Ford, PhD

Check out this TEDx on the imposter syndrome and the "Image of STEM" project! 


Adapted for television from the #1 bestseller children's picture book by Andrea Beaty,  the "Ada Twist, Scientist" series comes from "Doc McStuffins" creator Chris Nee and Higher Ground, President Obama and Michelle Obama's production company.  The show centers on eight-year old Ada Twist and her two best friends, Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck, who are asking big questions and working together to solve problems and discover the truth about everything!

Kerri Grant serves as showrunner, co-executive producer and story editor. Dr. Ford served as a science consultant along with Alie Ward.

2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival 

NBC Washington News 4 Your Sunday discussion of the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival featuring Dr. Knatokie Ford, Festival Director Marc Schulman, and Lockheed Martin Engineer Eleanor Nave.