AWIS Officers

Committee Chairs

Academia 2 Industry (A2I) Rose Presby & Eulalia Countinho
AWIS Leadership Network (ALN) Christina Niemeyer & Lori Yang
Career Advancement Jill Slaboda & Satarupa Bhaduri
Corporate Sponsorship Kayal Madhivanan
Events Taylor Kredel & Agnes Antwan
Newsletter Jean Spence
Outreach Jamillah Murtadha
Public Relations Suzana Hossain
Scholarship Michelle Muldong & Monica Gonzalez, PhD
Website Jennifer Swindlehurst Chan
    
 

 

Rose Academia 2 Industry Co-Chair: 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: Corporate Sponsership, Scholarship and Outreach Committees; Open House Organizing Committee 2022

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Eulalia Academia 2 Industry Co-Chair: Eulalia Countinho

Current position: Scientist 2, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

Training: BSc with Hons in Microbiology and Biochemistry, St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai, 2009; PhD in Physiology, SOKENDAI, Japan, 2015

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Christina AWIS Leadership Network (ALN) Co-Chair: Christina Niemeyer

Current position: Principal, i2 Grants Associates

Training: BS with Honors in Microbiology, Texas A&M University; PhD Cellular and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

Additional AWIS involvement: WIST, Treasurer 2014-2016, Board Member 2017-2019

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Lori AWIS Leadership Network (ALN) Co-Chair: Lori Yang

Current position: CEO and CSO, Lectenz Bio

Training: BS Chemistry, University of Virginia; PhD Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University

Additional AWIS involvement: PR Committee; WIST 2015 Organizing Committee, WIST 2017 Co-Chair; Treasurer 2016-2017; Open House Organizing Committee 2022

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 jill Career Advancement Co-Chair: Jill Sladoba

Current position: Sr UX Researcher, ServiceNow

Training: Ph.D Bioengineering University of Pittsburgh

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satarupa Career Advancement Co-Chair: Satarupa Bhaduri

Current position: Postdoctoral scholar, UC San Diego

Training: PhD Biophysics and Structural Biology, Purdue University

Additional AWIS involvement: AWIS-SD board Secretary

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kayal Corporate Sponsorship Chair: Kayal Madhivanan

Current position: Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego

Training: MS in Biological Science, B.Pharmacy 2009, PhD Cell Biology 2015

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taylor Events Co-Chair: Taylor Kredel

Current position: Senior Research Associate II, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

Training: BS Neuroscience, Western Washington University 2015

Additional AWIS involvement: Public Relations Committee

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agnes Events Co-Chair: Agnes Antwan

Current position: Senior Research Associate II, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals 

Training: BS Biology, University of California Riverside 2013 

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Jean Spence Newsletter Co-Chair: Jean Spence

Jean Spence earned a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in microbial genetics. Subsequently, she did several (too many) postdoctoral fellowships at M.I.T., Harvard Medical School, UCSD and the University of Rochester. She pursued her interest in systems biology by developing a novel platform and publishing 3 manuscripts and a book chapter as communicating author. She has been a reviewer for the AWIS newsletter since 2014 and became a co-chair this year. She was also a co-chair of the former Back to Work group in AWIS.

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Jamillah Outreach Chair: Jamillah Murtadha

My name is Jamillah Murtadha. I am a graduate researcher in the Christina Jamieson laboratory in the Urology Department at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego(UCSD). My hometown is in Augusta, West Virginia. I graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology. I am currently in the BS/MS program at UCSD to obtain my Master of Science in General Biology with a Specialization in Cancer Biology. I always strive to acquire knowledge outside my field in order to become a well-rounded scientist. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email her.

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suzana Public Relations Chair: Suzana Hossain

Current position: Research Associate, Host-Microbe Systems & Therapeutics, UC San Diego

Training: B.S. Biochemistry & Cell Biology, UC San Diego, 2020; M.S. Biology, UC San Diego, 2021

Additional AWIS involvement: Outreach Committee, 2021; Communications Committee 2021-current

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  Scholarship Co-Chair: Michelle Muldong

Michelle Muldong is a Senior Research Associate at Silverback Therapeutics

Michelle obtained her B.S. from the University of California San Diego with a degree in General Biology. She has been involved in AWIS since September 2019 and is passionate about teaching the next generation about STEM.

Outside of lab Michelle enjoys hot yoga, hiking, snowboarding, iced coffee & hanging out with her French bulldog/Boston Terrier mix pup- Stitch!

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Monica Scholarship Co-Chair: Monica Gonzalez, Ph.D

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego conducting research in Dr. JoAnn Trejo’s laboratory. I have been acquiring knowledge about GPCR signaling in endothelial inflammatory signaling. My career goal is to become a research professor and conduct innovative and high-quality research while mentoring the next generation of scientists in an academic environment. My professional development as a scientist and teacher started in graduate school, where I had the opportunity to mentor students from diverse backgrounds and ages while driving forward my research. I volunteered as a science educator for Ocean Discovery Institute, a non-profit that utilizes science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their communities, and our world as scientists and conservation leaders. I redesigned and developed the science curriculum for Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE) in partnership with the Preuss School of UCSD. This program is a six-week science enrichment and laboratory training camp for rising senior high school students, who come from low-income households, strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college and are interested in the biomedical field. I have also mentored and collaborated with undergraduate and graduate students and served as a teaching assistant for general biology laboratory to non-science major undergraduates. I am currently a fellow in the San Diego Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) and will continue my research and teaching training through pedagogy, development of critical academic skills, and mentored teaching experiences at San Diego State University and San Diego City College, local minority-serving institutions. My experience as a first generation Mexican American female scientist fuels my passion for science outreach, diversity, inclusivity, and equity. To contact the Scholarship committee chair, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Jennifer Website Chair: Jennifer Swindlehurst Chan

Current position: Graduate Student, Biological Sciences, UC San Diego

Training: BA Biology and Neuroscience & Behavior, Wesleyan University, 2018

Additional AWIS involvement: Communications Committee

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