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Alumnae Spotlight

Ariel Dotts, C'2014

NAASC Chicago Chapter 2018 Spirit Award Recipient

Ariel [Harden] Dotts, C’2014, is a doctoral candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Spelman College, and her Masters in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan (2016) in Ann Arbor, MI.


She currently works at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she investigates the roles of progesterone and estrogen receptors in preterm labor. Ariel’s other research interests include genetic causes of autism, ovarian and cervical cancer; as well as finding possible genetic counseling for such disabilities and diseases. Additionally, she has completed a laboratory rotation focusing on the pharmacogenomics of inflammatory bowel disease.


At Northwestern, Ariel is a member of the Chicago Graduate Student Association, Driskill Student Council, President of the Alliance of Chicago Minority Students (ACMS), a volunteer in the StAMP program - a student-to-student mentoring program, and sits on The Graduate School Child & Family Advisory Board.  She is also a member of the Nova Network, a newly formed Chicago consortium of alumnae representing women’s colleges throughout the United States.


Within the Chicago Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Ariel has infused her unique brand of enthusiasm and commitment into her positions as Founders Day Co-Chair (2017 – 2019), Honors Luncheon Co-Chair and Chair (2016 – 2018), A Crystal Blue Evening Planning Committee (2016-2018), Corresponding Secretary (2018-2020), and Chairperson of our Recruitment and College Fair Engagement Committee. Ariel’s passion for Spelman and dedication to NAASC Chicago Chapter are reflected in her role as liaison for students from more than 50 local college fairs and a standing-partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago.


In her spare time, Ariel loves reading mystery novels, swimming, traveling, spending time with her pets, playing outside with her two-year-old daughter Ariana and playing video games with her husband Marques.

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