Dominique Carter, Ph.D is an interdisciplinary scientist, diplomat, and entrepreneur. She currently serves an Agricultural Science Advisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Scientist, where she advises the Under Secretary/Chief Scientist on policy development and operational planning pertaining to agricultural research and education. Dominique attained her B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Norbert College and her Ph.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) where she received cross-disciplinary training in Microbiology and Bioengineering. Her dissertation research focused on systems biology technology development to study viral infection. Specifically, she employed protein mass spectrometry and biophysical protein characterization to investigate how human cytomegalovirus (CMV) altered the human cellular protein environment early during infection to identify novel mechanisms for inhibiting infection. Dominique is passionate about STEM entrepreneurship and for the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.