Meet Lyla Atta

Lyla Atta is an MD/PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at a lab that focuses on computational biology research. Her research is on developing mathematical tools that study how cells behave in response to disease and therapy. 

Meet Diogo Guerra

Diogo Guerra is a medical illustrator based in Lisbon, Portugal. Applying his background from veterinary medicine school, he creates visual materials used in medicine, ranging from textbook illustrations to surgical procedures to data visualization. An advocate for science communication, he hosts seminars and workshops, which help those in the scientific community better convey their research findings to others.  

Meet Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia Johnson is a cosmetic chemist and the founder of Cindy J Cosmetic Labs LLC. Her company specializes in custom formulation resources and services, including manufacturing, packaging, and consultation for small business owners and beauty brands who are starting hair care or skin care lines. Inspired to help others feel confident in their hair and skin, she hopes to help expand the accessibility of the cosmetic chemistry industry.

Meet Dr. Cameron McIntyre

Dr. Cameron McIntyre is a professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University. He studies deep brain stimulation (DBS), a neurosurgical procedure during which implanted electrodes assist brain activity. Connecting elements of neuroscience, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Dr. McIntyre works to develop novel DBS devices for clinical treatment of neurological disorders.

Meet Sabrina Thompson

Sabrina Thompson is an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with an education in atmospheric physics as well. As a flight and dynamics engineer, Thompson designs orbits and trajectories for space missions. She also develops technologies for spacecraft and small satellites and has been patented. With her love for art, she built GIRL IN SPACE CLUB, a platform for young and creative minds in STEM.

Meet Camilo Rebelo

Camilo Rebelo is an award-winning architect. After completing his studies at the Porto School of Architecture in Portugal, Rebelo went on to teach at many institutions worldwide. His hundreds of projects explore the connected relationship between urban architecture and protected natural landscapes.

Meet Dr. Nadine Caron

Dr. Nadine Caron is a general surgeon, researcher, and professor at the University of British Columbia. A mother and outdoor-enthusiast, Dr. Caron is also the first female First Nations general surgeon in Canada. Her current work centers around advocating for Indigenous populations and addressing inequity in healthcare. 

Meet Dr. Alice Cocoros

Dr. Alice Cocoros is a physicist in the Space Exploration Sector at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She obtained her Ph.D. in particle physics researching elementary particles at CERN, and her current work involves systems design engineering for instruments used in NASA missions such as the Dragonfly mission. 

Meet Sam Wen

Sam Wen is an engineer and entrepreneur turned investor. After studying electrical engineering in college, he co-founded Block (formerly known as Square), where he built apps, hardware, and infrastructure to empower commerce. Today, he is a venture partner at Green Visor Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in financial technology companies at early stages.

Meet Dr. Ani Manichaikul

Dr. Ani Manichaikul is an associate professor in the Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia. She uses her training in biostatistics to identify regions of the genome and certain DNA variants that would predispose people to disease risk. In particular, Dr. Manichaikul works to improve genetic risk prediction models for people of diverse ancestry.

Meet Dr. Jason Ernst

Dr. Jason Ernst is an Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry, Computer Science, and Computational Medicine at UCLA. His research group’s interdisciplinary work focuses on using computational methods for understanding the human genome and interpreting epigenomic data.

Meet Dr. Colleen Wilson-Hodge

Dr. Colleen Wilson-Hodge is an astrophysicist at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She is the principal investigator of the Fermi Gamma Ray Burst Monitor, an instrument that detects gamma ray bursts, which are powerful explosions in the universe.

Meet Dr. Maria Makarova

Dr. Maria Makarova is the Founder and President of Mentoralia, a nonprofit organization in Mexico that teaches girls how to code and design mobile apps. She also runs a local chapter of Technovation Girls, an international program for young girls to apply computer science to solving social issues.  

Meet Deanna Hood

Deanna Hood is an electrical engineer whose work focuses on humanitarian applications of engineering and robotics, with projects spanning accessibility, education and healthcare. Some of the projects she has worked on include a 3D bioprinter that produces skin cells and an educational robot.

Meet Dr. Lauren Jozwiak

Dr. Lauren Jozwiak is a planetary volcanologist studying lava and magma interactions of various planets in the solar system. At the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, she is a part of a variety of projects, including the future VERITAS mission, which will use radar to study volcanism on Venus.

Meet Kyle Retterer

Kyle Retterer is the Chief Technology Officer at GeneDx, a genetic diagnostics company. Retterer has been with GeneDx for 11 years and has helped build the technological platform that enables geneticists to go from sequencing individual genes to performing whole genome sequencing.

Meet Susan Boyne

Susan Boyne is a pilot for United Airlines with 25+ years of flying experience. Boyne graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and currently flies the Boeing 787. She mainly pilots international flights and visits major cities such as Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Rome.

Meet Dr. Osvaldo Gutierrez

Dr. Osvaldo Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Maryland. His research group utilizes both computational and experimental chemistry to design systems and chemical methods to accelerate the development of new medicines.

Meet Dr. Jennifer Perusini

Dr. Jennifer Perusini is the founder and CEO of Neurovation Labs, a New York-based biotech startup. Neurovation Labs is currently developing the first objective diagnostic and companion targeted treatment for post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Meet Dr. Yana Zorina

Dr. Yana Zorina is a neurobiologist by day and an artist by night. Through “NeuroBead”, she meshes her love for brain microscopy with her artistic side to create scientifically-inspired 3D beadwork to encourage a wider audience to appreciate the beauty of scientific research.

Meet Diana Iracheta

Diana Iracheta is a first-generation Mexican immigrant who is now a manufacturing and mechanical engineer. She is the founder of “Latina Engineer”, an organization devoted to empowering women and minorities that anyone is capable of becoming an engineer.

Meet Dr. Aaron Andalman

Dr. Aaron Andalman is a computational neuroscientist turned entrepreneur. He is currently the Chief Science Officer and co-founder at Cognitiv, a company that helps marketers place advertisements using artificial intelligence algorithms.

Meet Danni Washington

Danni Washington is a TV personality and science communicator who is also the first African American woman to host her own science TV show, Xploration Nature Knows Best. As an avid ocean advocate, she co-founded Big Blue & You, a non-profit dedicated to promoting ocean conservation through arts and media.

Meet Dr. Nicole Hindman

Dr. Nicole Hindman is a diagnostic academic radiologist at New York University (NYU). As an academic radiologist, Dr. Hindman gives talks at national meetings, publishes papers, and works with residents as well as medical students to solve clinical puzzles.

Meet Dr. Cinda Scott

Dr. Cinda Scott is a marine biologist currently working in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, where she leads a study abroad program, taking students out snorkeling among mangroves or hiking through lush rainforests to conduct hands-on studies.

Meet Dr. Samit Dasgupta

Dr. Samit Dasgupta is a professor of mathematics studying algebraic number theory at Duke University. He has been passionate about number theory from a young age and shares what it is like to be a math professor, sharing the beauty of mathematics with the next generation of bright minds.

Meet Dr. Kandis Boyd

Dr. Kandis Boyd is a weather-enthusiast. Having a strong background in meteorology, she is currently working at the National Science Foundation. Click below to learn about how Dr. Boyd helps to improve the forecast in her previous role as the Acting Director of the Weather Program Office at NOAA.

Meet Dr. Craig Packer

Dr. Craig Packer is a Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. As the founder and director of The Lion Center, he is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on African lions. Click below to take a quick trip to the Serengeti and learn about this incredible feline.

Meet Dr. Korie Grayson

Dr. Korie Grayson received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and is now a postdoc research fellow at the University of Michigan. Click below to learn more about her unique science journey and how she uses #TeamKorie to advocate for minorities in STEM.

Meet Ms. Beth Weinstein

Ms. Beth Weinstein is an Observatory Manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Click below to learn about her experience working on the Earth Science satellite mission PACE and how her career has evolved over her 19 years at NASA.

Meet Mr. Shuai Liu

Shuai is a software engineer at Blizzard Entertainment, a leading developer in the video game industry, producing games such as the Overwatch and Diablo series. Click below to learn about Shuai’s experience working in many aspects of game development.

Meet Dr. Kate Tully

Dr. Tully is a Professor of Agroecology at the University of Maryland. Click below to learn about how one experience abroad led her into the field of agroecology, where scientists look at global agriculture systems through the lens of ecology.

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