Dr. Mary S. Harris has dedicated her 25+ years of experience in the areas of
biology and health care to researching and providing information and education for the minority population. She has a PhD. in molecular genetics from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral training in molecular virology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is founder, President and CEO of BioTech-nical Communications, Inc., which specializes in the production, broadcast, and dissemination of health care information targeted to African-Americans.
Under the “Journey To Wellness” brand that she created , Dr. Harris has turned her long-standing interest in preventive health care and health disparities into media programming and content focused on the areas that have a high incidence of morbidity and mortality among African-Americans including; cancer, obesity, diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS and hypertension. With research supported by multiple grants awarded by the prestigious National Institutes of Health, Dr. Harris has produced both an award-winning television special and an informational Website, a nationally-syndicated radio program, a health newsletter, and, most recently, an animated Webcast series. Her work has been broadcast on CNN Radio, BET, NPR, Radio One and other prominent media.
Dr. Harris’s professional experience includes graduate and medical school teaching; writing of scientific and medical journal articles; director of a statewide genetics screening program; membership on NIH grant review committees; executive consultant with private research laboratories and health care organizations; television and radio producer/host, and Web publisher.
Dr. Harris has served on several boards of health-related non-profit organizations, received numerous awards and honors for her work – including recognition from The White House, and collaborated with many prestigious organizations such as:
American Cancer Society (local and national)
American Diabetes Association (national)
American Heart Association
Arthritis Foundation (national)
Breast Cancer Clinic of Emory University
Emory University School of Medicine
Grady Hospital Sickle Cell Anemia Program
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Morehouse School of Medicine
National Cancer Institute
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
National Center for Research Resources
National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities
National Medical Association
National Rural Health Association