AWIS-San Diego

Board Members


Rose Presby


Elena Rubio de la Torre

Member at Large

Shanna Lavalle

Past President

Varykina Thackray


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