AWIS Officers

Committee Chairs

Corporate Sponsorship Radhika Gopal
Events Missy Scranton & Ray Seraydarian
Newsletter Linda Manza,  Corine Lau & Juliati Rahajeng
Outreach Robyn Wygal  & Anne Kornahrens
Public Relations Elizabeth Jacobs  & Sophie Muscat-King 
Scholarship Eileen Collyer , Eva Goellner & Risa Broyer
Strategy Sessions and Focus Sessions Lin-Chien Huang & Jennifer Kuo
Website Alex Clark & Tracy Duong
    
 

 

Radhika Corporate Sponsorship Co-Chair: Radhika Gopal

Radhika Gopal has been an AWIS SD member and active volunteer on the Corporate Sponsorship Committee since November 2013. She co-chaired the 2014 Open House and is the co-chair of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee from January 2016.

Radhika received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI in 2010. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at The Scripps Research Institute where she works on RNA viruses. Radhika also completed a project management course from UCSD Extension and is actively seeking opportunities in the Biotech Industry. In her spare time, Radhika enjoys reading, music and the beach. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Gina" Events Co-Chair: Gina Salazar

Gina Salazar has a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Stanford and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine. She worked as a postdoc in tissue engineering at the National University of Singapore, then as an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, studying stem cell biology and radiation effects.

Since returning to the US, Gina have taken freelance work editing and tutoring as she pursues a long-term goal of transitioning to a career involving science policy. Her dream job would be working to facilitate international research collaborations, evaluating research findings, communicating research results and managing research programs and policy for a federal agency or international organization.

To build relevant knowledge of government processes, last year Gina worked as an adviser to the Ambassador of Palau to the UN. In this position, she was able to contribute a description of regional science-policy interfaces in the South Pacific to a project evaluating such interfaces around the world.

To build leadership and organization skills, and to support causes important to her, Gina is active in her community. She is a long-time member of Toastmasters and incoming president of the BioToasters Toastmasters Club. She joined AWIS in 2013 and became a co-chair of Events Committee in 2014. She has also served on other committees including Strategy Sessions and the planning committee for AWIS San Diego's biennial Women in Science and Technology Conference, WIST 2015.

Last but not least, Gina enjoys learning about people and cultures around the world. For a year she served as organizer for the Meetup Group Farsi in San Diego, including planning, coordinating and leading a series of classes for beginning Persian language learners. For fun and accountability she posts examples of her own practice on her personal website http://gtsalazar.weebly.com/. To contact this events committee co-chair please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email.

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Juliati Rahajeng Newsletter Co-Chair: Juliati Rahajeng 

Juliati Rahajeng received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in August 2011. She joined UCSD School of Medicine as a postdoctoral researcher one month after her graduation. Juliati has been a member of AWIS-SD for the past three years. She is currently an active member of the Scholarship committee, co-chair of the Newsletter committee, and co-chair of the Academia to Industry Coffee Club. 

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Newsletter Co-Chair: Linda Manza

Linda received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, a M.S. in Toxicology from San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health, and a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from the University of California Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies. Linda started out in the nursing field and once she finished her masters worked as a toxicologist in small pharma and a contract research organization. She then returned to school for her Ph.D. and is now working as the Associate Director of Quality Assurance for a mid sized pharmaceutical company. During that time she was in the Army reserve and was in charge of a 440 member hospital unit during peace time and was the Company Commander of a 40 person Medical Support unit deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Linda has been an active member of the Strategy Session Committee of AWIS, SD since 2007 and served as the Secretary of the AWIS San Diego Chapter from 2011 to 2013.

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Newsletter Co-Chair: Corine Lau

Corine is a cancer genomics scientist at Human Longevity Inc., a San Diego-based genomics company aiming to revolutionize healthcare by creating the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of whole genome, phenotype and clinical data. Prior to joining HLI, she held various positions including product manager and scientific writer at Pathway Genomics, and scientific curator at BioBase (now Qiagen). Corine received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She pursued her post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego.

Corine has been involved with AWIS-SD since 2006. She currently serves as Newsletter co-chair. She was the Past Treasurer (2014-2015), Treasurer (2012-2013), Website Committee co-chair (2009-2012) and member (2006-2009), WIST Website Committee member (2009) and Scholarship Gala Committee member (2008). Besides volunteering for AWIS-SD, Corine enjoys singing with a local women’s chorus, rock climbing, and yoga.

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Robyn Outreach Co-Chair: Robyn Wygal

Robyn Wygal, an analyst for Skylight Healthcare Systems, and the AWIS Outreach Co-Chair, enjoys sharing her passion for science and encouraging students to explore STEM fields. Her research focus is centered on utilizing bioinformatics to understand how RNA mediated regulation impacts chronic disorders of fibrosis. Robyn is also an avid runner and enjoys the outdoors. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email her.

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anneK2016 Outreach Co-Chair: Anne Kornahrens

Anne moved to San Diego to complete graduate studies at The Scripps Research Institute.  She is a part of a joint program with the University of Oxford, and spent the first 2.5 years of her studies in England.  Her field of study is organic chemistry and her current work is focused on developing electrophiles to be used as new probes to investigate previously underexplored families of hydrolases. Since moving to town in 2014, she has been involved with the Network for Women in Science (NWiS) at TSRI as well as AWIS, and she is excited to contribute to the outreach initiatives through her co-chair role. Anne is also to be found climbing rocks, swimming in the ocean, and traveling when she can.  After completing her PhD she hopes to pursue a career in science policy. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email her.

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elizabeth Public Relations Co-Chair: Elizabeth Jacobs

Elizabeth Jacobs is a postdoctoral research associate at The Scripps Research Institute, where she develops antibody-drug conjugates of Duocarmycin SA in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb. She received her Bachelor’s degree through the College Scholars Program at The University of Tennessee in 2009 and completed her PhD at The University of East Anglia in 2014. She has been an AWIS member since 2015 and serves as the San Diego Chapter Outreach Committee Social Media Manager and Public Relations Committee Co-chair. She would like to use her experience in research to promote positive change in early STEM education.To contact the Public Relations committee co-chairs, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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sophie Public Relations Co-Chair: Sohpie Muscat-King

Sophie Muscat-King is an Automation Scientist in the Vaccine Immunotherapeutics department at Pfizer, La Jolla. She has over 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, from small molecule drug development through to biologicals and vaccine research.

Sophie received her M.Eng in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, and her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Greenwich in England. She discovered AWIS in 2014 at the annual Open House event, subsequently joined the San Diego Chapter in 2015, assisted on the Open House Committee the same year, and is currently co-chair for the Public Relations Committee.To contact the Public Relations committee co-chairs, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Gloria Public Relations Co-Chair: Gloria Kuo Lefkowitz
Gloria first joined the AWIS Seattle chapter upon graduation from the University of Washington. Her enjoyable stint as a research technician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research and as AWIS-Seattle's newsletter co-chair convinced her to expand her career goals. She then moved to sunny San Diego to obtain her PhD from the Biomedical Sciences Program at UC San Diego and completed a postdoc at JCVI in Synthetic Biology. Past projects have looked at insect hormones, brain development, and human hair. She's currently interested in learning about the business of biotech. To contact the Public Relations committee co-chairs, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Eileen Scholarship Co-Chair: Eileen Collyer
Eileen received her Ph.D. from the P. Catholic University of Chile, Chile, in 2013 where she focused on axonal plasticity in spinal cord injury. After completing her degree, she moved to San Diego to pursue a post doctoral fellowship in stem cells and rehabilitative training after spinal cord injury at UCSD. Eileen join AWIS in 2014 where she served under the Scholarship Committee and in 2015, she became co-chair of the Scholarship Committee and the Scholarship Celebration Committee. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email her.
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Eva Scholarship Co-Chair: Eva Goellner
Eva's bio will be available soon. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email her.
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Risa Scholarship Co-Chair: Risa Broyer
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 leslie Strategy Sessions Co-Chair: Leslie Crews
Leslie Crews is a third-generation native San Diegan and scientist with a passion for stem cell biology. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and PhD from UCSD. As a project scientist at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (UCSD), Leslie’s research interests focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms that cause tissue-specific stem cells to behave abnormally in age-related degenerative and malignant disorders. She has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed research articles in the fields of neuroscience, hematology, and cancer. Leslie joined AWIS in 2010 and has been a Strategy Sessions committee member since 2013. In her spare time, Leslie also enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, creative writing, and Scottish Highland dancing. Click here for information about Strategy Sessions. Or, to email, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  Strategy Sessions Co-Chair: Lin-Chien Huang
Lin-Chien is a highly trained and motivated neuroscientist with more than 10 years of experience in academia. While born in Taiwan, she was raised in New Zealand and takes pride in calling herself a Kiwi as it reminds her the wonderful time she had while living there. She completed her Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Auckland where she focused on the development of neural circuitry and synapse biology in the cochleae. Currently she is undertaking her postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute to further her knowledge in cell fate determination on neural progenitor cells using bioinformatics tools and Next Generation Sequencing. With a total of 7 peer-reviewed publications with over 200 citations, she has proven herself to be an efficient and productive thinker and problem solver. Currently she is exploring the next step in her career where she is interested in a position either in academia or in the biotech industry.

Lin-Chien has developed an interest in the welfare of postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows and has been involved in various associations for postgraduate students and postdocs over the years. Currently she is an active member in the Association for Women in Science - San Diego Chapter (AWIS-SD) in both Strategy Sessions, where she now serves as co-chair, and Public Relations committees. She has found that AWIS-SD provides a friendly forum for professional and self-development that has attracted many friendly and supportive people. She finds these qualities to be very valuable assets in STEM fields in the USA.

Apart from being a lab geek, Lin-Chien is an intrepid traveler, who has visited over 150 cities in 17 different countries. She finds happiness in discovering the intricacies that shape each city. In addition to travelling, she is also a coffee purist in pursuit of the simple joy that coffee beans bring us. Click here for information about Strategy Sessions. Or, to email, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Liz Website Co-chair: Alex Clark

Alex is a postdoc at UCSD in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine studying host-viral interactions during Zika Virus and Human Cytomegalovirus infections.

Alex obtained a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the UCSD Biology Department studying the interplay between Cytomegalovirus and the host cell cycle. Outside of the lab, Alex enjoys photography, running, and all things sci-fi.

Alex became a member of AWIS in 2014 and has been a co-chair since 2015 and also served on the WIST 2015 Committee. Click here to contact via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tracy Website Co-Chair: Tracy Duong

Tracy has worked in the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs for metatbolic targets at Arena Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. During her time at Arena Pharmaceuticals, she helped in the development of Belviq, a currently FDA-approved drug for obesity. She has also worked in the biofuel industry in the hopes of obtaining a renewable energy source from algae at Sapphire Energy. She currently works in the nutraceutical industry in the QC department and is involved in commercializing blends for food products.

Tracy earned her B.Sc. degree from UCLA and her M.Sc. from UCSD. During her time at UCSD, she worked on synthesis of sinuleptolide scabrolide which is of interest due to it being a TNF-alpha inhibitor. Its complex macrocyclic structure was and remains a synthetic challenge. Click here to contact her. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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