Desmond Dion Stubbs received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1997. He later received his M.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1999. After working in Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry as a Demonstration's Teacher for two years, he later returned to Georgia Tech and received his doctoral degree in May 2006. One of the highlights of his graduate career was a publication in Analytical Chemistry entitled "Investigation of a Cocaine Plume Using Surface Acoustic Wave Immunoassay Sensors." The paper was then flagged by the American Chemical Society interest and later featured as a press release on their website. The story led to numerous media interviews including an appearance on Fox News (cable service) and a feature in Time Magazine's new series Innovators highlighting the "dog-on-a-chip" a chemical sensing electronic device. In 2004, he was awarded the Sam Nunn Fellow, a prestigious fellowship given to science and engineering doctoral students with a keen interest in science and technology policy. The fellowship is supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and managed by the faculty from Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn. He is currently employed as a research associate with the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies (ORCAS) where he has spent the majority of his time working on issues surrounding K-12 science and math literacy and the use of nanotechnology as an analytical tool.