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Keynote Speaker

Joann Trejo, PhD, MBA

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.


Olivia Graeve, PhD

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
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Dr. Graeve’s research focuses on the design and processing of new materials for extreme environments, including temperature, pressure, and radiation. She is Director of the CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and...

Elizabeth Orwin, PhD

Chair and James Howard Kindelberger Professor of Engineering,
Harvey Mudd College
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Dr. Orwin is director of the Engman Fellowship Program in Bioengineering, which trains students in tissue engineering research and biomedical device design. Her research is in the area of tissue engineering and...

Nicki Washington, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Duke University
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Dr. Washington is addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in tech by measuring and improving cultural competence of students in undergraduate Computer Science departments. Dr. Washington graduated from NC State University as the first...

Malika Grayson, PhD

Application Portfolio Manager, Northrup Grumman
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Dr. Grayson graduated with a BS in Physics from Adelphi University and a MS/PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. She then joined Northrop Grumman and served in several roles including Principal System Engineer and...

Lisette Acevedo, PhD

Senior Director of Clinical Development, Equillium, Inc.
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Dr. Acevedo completed her BS at UC San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, received her PhD in Pharmacology from Yale, and completed her post-doctoral training at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. She also obtained...

Emily Troemel, PhD

Professor of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego

Dr. Troemel received her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992, and her PhD in Cell Biology from UC San Francisco in 1999. For her PhD thesis, she identified and characterized the first ...