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Maya J. Stephens

Maya J. Stephens, MS

Maya Stephens is the Laboratory Manager for the Suneja Lab at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is also involved in studies within the Department of Population Health Sciences with Dr. Melissa Watt. Maya earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Paine College and a Master of Science in Global Health degree from Duke University. Over the years, her research and work have focused on ecology and its impact on health, sexual and reproductive health, and adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health in local and global contexts. She also has experience leading Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in her previous role at Duke University. Maya is passionate about increasing knowledge and access amongst underserved communities globally and is an advocate for equity in health, education, and opportunity. Outside of work, Maya enjoys traveling, reading, binge-watching medical shows, trying new restaurants, and serving her local community.