Dr. Sumter is a professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, Physics, & Geology at Winthrop. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of South Carolina and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty at Winthrop. Sumter has taught courses in the general chemistry and biochemistry sequences and enthusiastically mentors undergraduate research. Her research focuses on understanding the role played by the High Mobility Group A (HMGA) Family of proteins in cancer initiation and progression.
Sumter frequently publishes in refereed scientific journals and makes editorial contributions to professional publications (i.e. Science's Nextwave and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Today) that portray her interest the professional development of the next generation of scientists. Her professional commitment to fostering the interests of minorities in science is seen in her service on the Minority Affairs and Undergraduate Affiliate Network committees of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Sumter hopes that her student-centered research and teaching and her active involvement in ASBMB will foster the interests of students, especially minorities and women, in science.