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Keynote Speaker

JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA 


Assistant Vice Chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology, UC San Diego School of Medicine 

Science, Mentorship, and Leadership: Breaking One Barrier at a Time


Dr. Trejo’s scientific research revealed how cellular responses are regulated by G protein-coupled receptors in the context of vascular inflammation and cancer.  Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH, including a R35 Outstanding Investigator Award. She was the recipient of the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award and the American Society for Cell Biology E. E. Just Award for outstanding scientific achievement. In 2020, she was elected as an American Society for Cell Biology Fellow and to the 100 Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists in America. 


Dr. Trejo is also an outstanding educator, mentor and leader, actively engaged in numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing the inclusive excellence of UC San Diego. In addition to mentoring trainees in her lab,  she is the director of several NIH-sponsored programs that promote the career development and success of women and underrepresented early career scientists. In 2014, Dr. Trejo received the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring and the American Society for Cell Biology Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity in 2020. She was elected to serve on the leadership council of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.