Kaheerman Saibire receives the University of Washington’s President’s Award for the Bothell campus! (June 2019) link

Rachel Calder, Kiana Imani, Ginger Lash and Kaheerman Saibire all presented their research at the 22nd Annual Mary Gates Symposium (May 17, 2019)

Thelma is featured in The Daily of the University of Washington: “Celebrating Black Scientists” link

Undergraduate student Rachel Calder presents her research at the 61st Annual Maize Genetics Conference in St. Louis, MO. Thanks to the PUI Travel Award for supporting her travel! (March 2019)


Undergraduate student Kiana Imani receives the prestigious UW Mary Gates Scholarship in the Winter 2019 quarter. Congrats Kiana! She recently presented her research at the UWB STEM Capstone Symposium (March 2019)


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Congrats to our Fall 2018 UW Mary Gates Scholarship Recipients: Rachel Calder (co-mentor Jesse Zaneveld); Jackelyn Garcia (mentor Cynthia Chang, co-mentor Thelma Madzima) and Sabira Kaheerman! link

Thelma receives a micro-grant from the Mindlin Foundation via the #1Tweet;1Percent Funding Opportunity: Establishing a critical professional development community of underrepresented minority (URM) STEM faculty in the Puget Sound area. Thank you to the Mindlin Foundation! link

Welcome to the Madzima lab: Adriana Basurto, Kiana Imani and Ginger Lash (Summer 2018).

UWB Biology Leadership Organization of Underrepresented Mentors (UWB BLOUM) proposal is funded through a UW Diversity Seed Grant funded by the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) with matching funds from the UW Bothell School of STEM.  Co-PI's are UWB Biology Faculty: Cynthia Chang, Heather Galindo, Thelma Madzima and Jesse Zaneveld (March, 2018).

Welcome to the Madzima lab Sabira Kaheerman! (January, 2018)


Welcome to the Lab Allison Thomas and Rachel Calder! (October, 2017)

Plant Biology, June 2017 (Honolulu, HI): It was such an honor to be invited to give a talk in the ASPB Minority Affairs Committee Symposium and to make new connections. #plantbio17 @ASPB 

Thelma participates in the Community College Genomics Research Initiative (ComGen) Summer Summit  in Leavenworth, WA, June 2017. Thank you ComGen via Bellevue College!

Congrats to our graduates and now "Lab Alum" Doi Bu, Bita, Stephen and Meron! (June, 2017)

Thelma is an Invited Keynote Speaker at the Highline College's 6th Annual MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Program) Celebration and Networking Dinner  (May, 2017). I was supposed to inspire the students, but they inspired me!

Thelma receives a 2017 ASPB Women's Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA)! Thank you ASPB.

BEACON Center for the study of Evolutionary Biology grant proposal is funded (on my birthday!). Plasticity and epigenetic modification as a form of bet-hedging in a highly variable environment.  This is a collaboration with the Chang Lab at UWBRead our BEACON blog post: link

Our Lab has moved into our permanent space! It feels great to have a home in UWBB 275! (January, 2017)

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Kathy Tran receives the prestigious UW Mary Gates Scholarship. Congrats Kathy!: link 



New UW faculty tour Washington, meet state leaders and incoming students (June, 2016): link

Welcome to the Lab Kathy, Stephen and William! (March, 2016)

Welcome to the Lab Isaac, Doi Bu and Meron! (January 15, 2016)


The "Madzima Lab" becomes official! (September, 2015)

UW Office of Diversity & Minority Affairs (OMA&D) Welcomes new UW Faculty Members (September 9, 2015): link


Fort Valley State University Alumni Spotlight: Thelma Madzima (September 5, 2014): link 

FSU: Maize analysis yields whole new world of genetic science (June 24, 2014): link