Casey Dorr, PhD, a Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) Investigator, was recently featured in a story in the Bemidji Pioneer. The piece highlighted his journey from a first-generation descendant of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe from Bemidji to becoming a scientist. Dr. Dorr hopes to inspire Indigenous students to pursue careers in the field.
Dr. Dorr’s passion for science began in high school. Despite not having any family members or mentors in the field, he was determined to combine his love of science with his Indigenous heritage. By freshman year of college at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), Dr. Dorr knew science was the field for him.
“When I got to Duluth, my dream really started to develop,” Dorr said. “I started envisioning myself as a scientist.”
Dr. Dorr pursued this path and eventually became a highly experienced scientist at HHRI and an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Medicine.
Dr. Dorr focuses on inspiring the next generation of Indigenous scientists, who remain underrepresented in the field and other STEM careers. He co-directs the Pathways to Research (PReP) and Advanced Pathways to Research (A-PReP) programs through the Clinical Transitional Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Minnesota. HHRI is a hub partner with the CTSI.
Dr. Dorr credits organizations dedicated to supporting Native American scientists at UMD and the Indigenous leaders and mentors who helped him throughout his journey at UMD and at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in contributing to his success.
Read the story on the Bemidji Pioneer website: Casey Dorr works to inspire the next generation of Indigenous scientists (bemidjipioneer.com)