president@awissd.org

AWIS-San Diego

Board Members

President

Rose Presby

Secretary

Elena Rubio de la Torre

Member at Large

Shanna Lavalle

Past President

Varykina Thackray

Treasurer

Cheyenne Camp

Member at Large

Sameera Bilgrami

President: Rose Presby

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Lab of Dr. Albert Chen, Scintillon Institute

Training: BS Biology with Minor Psychology, University of Maine, 2013; MS, Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2019; PhD Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2021

Additional AWIS involvement: A2I, Corporate Sponsorship, Scholarship and Outreach Committees; Open House Organizing Committee 2022; Open House Organizing Committee 2023

Past President: Varykina (Kina) Thackray, PhD

Current Position: Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, UC San Diego

Training: BA Biology, Middlebury College, 1991; PhD Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Heath Sciences Center, 2002

Additional AWIS involvement: Scholarship and Outreach Committees; WIST Organizing Committee 2019, 2021; Board Member at Large, 2019; President, 2021-2022

Secretary: Elena Rubio de la Torre

Current Position: Founder and Principal Consultant at BioCustomer Support Solutions

Training: Bachelor degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry. PhD in Neurosciences, University of Granada, Spain. Postdoctoral fellow at UCSD and SBP.

Additional AWIS involvement: Co-Chair of Public Relations

Treasurer: Cheyenne Camp

Current Position: Business Development, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine

Training: BS, Biology with a focus in Genetics

Additional AWIS involvement: Treasurer (2022-Present), Corporate Sponsorship Committee

Member at Large: Shanna Lavalle

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, McVicker Lab, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Training: BS Biology with minor in Chemistry, California State University Long Beach 2013; PhD Biomedical Sciences, UC San Diego, 2021

Additional AWIS involvement: Academia to Industry (A2I) Committee, Co-Chair, 2020-2022; AWIS-National Strategic Planning Task Force, 2022-Present

Member at Large: Sameera Bilgrami

Current Position: Associate Director, R&D, Immunicom Inc.

Training: BS, Biochemistry, Delhi University, PhD Cell Biology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Reasearch; National Center for Biological Sciences.

Additional AWIS involvement: Co-Chair A2I committee 2020-2022, Interim President Jan- Apr 2022