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! 


CBS stars Julie Chen, Eve and Sharon Osbourne (THE TALK) mark Women's History Month by celebrating the accomplishments of Jo Handelsman (PhD, Molecular Biologist), Diana Trujillo (NASA Engineer) and Knatokie Ford (PhD, Biomedical Scientist) in a special CBS Cares and #SeeHer PSA campaign.

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.