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Anabel Flores, PhD

Assistant Professor
California Baptist University

 

Dr. Anabel Flores received her BS in Biology and BA in Spanish from California Baptist University and her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, she participated in the NIH Post-baccalaureate Program at Wake Forest University. As an IRACDA Fellow from 2020-2021, she did postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Joan Heller Brown and Dr. Victor Nizet. She joined the Department of Biological Sciences at her alma mater California Baptist University in 2021, where her lab seeks to gain insight in host pathogen interactions using bacterial strains and macrophages. The most impactful part of the IRACDA program for Dr. Flores was meeting, learning from, and being mentored by Dr. Nizet as well as having a network of IRACDA fellows that extended beyond postdoctoral training.


Danielle Schmitt, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of California, Los Angeles​

 

Dr. Danielle L. Schmitt received her BS in Chemistry from Ball State University and her PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Schmitt did her postdoctoral work at University of California San Diego with Dr. Jin Zhang where she was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow from 2019-2021 and an IRACDA fellow from 2020-2022. She joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California Los Angeles in 2022. The Schmitt Lab seeks to understand how cellular metabolism is regulated in a compartmentalized manner and how this is perturbed in disease. The most impactful parts of the IRACDA program for Dr. Schmitt were peer learning groups and professional development opportunities made available to fellows.

Alumni

Lisette Acevedo, PhD
Director, Clinical Science Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Berenice Aguilar, PhD
Principal Scientist
Grifolis Biologicals
San Diego, CA
Julieta Aguilar, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Biology
Los Angeles Trade Tech College
Los Angeles, CA
David Aguilar, PhD
President of Business Development
Exeligen Scientific, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Brenda Andrade, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Rachael Barry, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Molecular Biology
and Biochemistry
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
Hannah Baughman,PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Washington, Tacoma
Tacoma, Washington
Kevin Beck, PhD
Sr. Account Manager
Lentigen Technology, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD
Jennifer Betancourt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, CA
Ilva Cabrera, PhD
Lecturer
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Jessica Cassin, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Alexander Chaim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Francisco Contijoch, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
and Department of Radiology
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Toni L. Cordero, PhD
Principal Medical Writer
Medtronic Inc.,
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Rachel Diner, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
Tony Davis, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY
Michael Dores, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
Anabel Flores, PhD
Assistant Professor
California Baptist University
Riverside, CA
Keolu Fox, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Spencer Gang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
Natalie Goldberg, PhD
Associate Director of Scientific Affairs
Efficient Continuing Medical Education
Camas, WA
Carlos Gonzalez, PhD
Computational Biologist
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
San Francisco, CA
David Gonzalez, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Monica Gonzalez
Ramirez, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Pharmacology
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Rudolfo Gonzalez, PhD
Director, Research and Development
International Stem Cell Corp.
San Diego, CA
Uromi Goodale, M.F.S., PhD
Associate Professor
College of Forestry
Guangxi University Guangxi, China
David Gorkin, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Edgar Gutierrez, PhD
Director of Mechanical Engineering and Microfabrication
Plexium
San Diego, CA
James Hall, PhD
Assistant Project Scientist
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Jane Harrington, PhD
Professor of Microbiology
University of Medical and Health Sciences St.Kitts and Nevis
KN, Camps, St. Kitts & Nevis
Erilynn Heinrichsen, PhD
Assistant Director of Engaged Teaching
Teaching and Learning Commons
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla , CA
Angelina Hernandez-Carretero, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles, CA
Kelly Hester, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Prometheus Laboratories Inc.
San Diego, CA
Tia Hexom, PhD
Field Application Scientist
Thermo Fisher Scientific
San Diego, CA
Amy Hubert, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL
Esmeralda Iniguez, PhD
Epidemiologist, California Department of Public Health
Lecturer
Graduate School of Public Health
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Sergio Ita, PhD
R&D Manager, Principal Investigator, Assays & Analytics
Thermo Fisher Scientific
San Diego, CA
Jorge Jimenez, PhD
Scientist
Emergent Biosolutions
San Diego, CA
Carla S. Jones, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies
Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL
Michelle T. Juarez, PhD
Assistant Medical Professor
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
City College of New York
New York, NY
Apollo Kacsinta, PhD
Lecturer
California State University San Marcos
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Jeremiah Keyes, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Pennsylvania State University, Behrend
Erie, PA
Jonathan Kelber, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA
Amy L. Lane, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL
John Lapek, PhD
Principal Scientist
Chemical Biology Group Pfizer
La Jolla, CA
Rea Lardelli-Markmiller, PhD
Scientist
Locanabio, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Brian Leon, PhD
Scientist 1
Ambrx
San Diego, CA
Catherine Lipovsky, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Bradley University
Peoria, IL
Anel Lizcano, PhD
Faculty Lecturer
San Francisco State University
San Franciso, CA
Janine Low-Marchelli, PhD
Senior Technical Information Scientist
The Jackson Laboratory
Sacramento, CA
Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino, PhD
Senior Research Associate Faculty Member
Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Université Paul Sabatier
Frontiers, France
Shauna McGillivray, PhD
Professor & Associate Chair
Department of Biology
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Hugo Medina-Muñoz, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Evan Merkhofer, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Biology
Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY
Olivia Molinar-Inglis, PhD
2021 AAAS Science and Technology Fellow
Industry Liaison, Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Program
DAIT, NIAID, NIH
Washington, DC
Emily Monroe, PhD
Professor
Department of Biology
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ
Elizabeth Montano, PhD
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
San Diego, CA
Jose Morachis, PhD
Founder, President at NanoCellect Biomedical, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Morgan Mouchka, PhD
Education Coordinator/Program Manager
San Diego IRACDA
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Gabriel Navarro, PhD
Lead Scientist
Brightseed
San Francisco, CA
Dequina Nicholas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
Nekeisha Nogal, PhD
Sr. Director, Process Development
Abzena
San Diego, CA
Stacy Ochoa, PhD
Director of Advising
College of Science
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Theresa Operana, PhD
Associate Director, Global Medical Affairs
Rakuten Medical
San Diego, CA
Cheryl Okumura, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
Sara Olson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Pomona College
Claremont, CA
Edwin Paz, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Duke University
Durham, NC
Helicia Paz, PhD
Principal Scientist
T-Cure Bioscience
Los Angeles, CA
Gabriel Pineda, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
National University
San Diego, CA
Carlo Quiñónez, PhD
Director of Research FATHOM
Oakland, CA
Peter Ramirez, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach
Lara Rangel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Karen Resendes, PhD
Professor
Department of Biology
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA
Vicente Reyes, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology,
Rochester, NY
Angelia Riestra, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Fatima Rivas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Lousiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
Heriberto Rivera, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Palomar College
San Marcos, CA
Jinae Roa, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Melvin Rouse Jr, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
Sharif Rumjahn, PhD
Instructor
Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno, NV
Laura Sanchez, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Richard Sanchez, PhD
NIC Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Neurobiology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Sharsti Sandall, PhD
Principal Scientist
Seattle Genetics
Seattle, WA
Desirée L. Salazar, PhD
Program Director
Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, NIH/NIGMS
Bethesda, MD
Danielle Schmitt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Shannon Seidel, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
Justin Shaffer, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Pediatrics
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Dana Skarra, PhD
Oncology Clinical Trails RN
HonorHealth Research Institute
Phoenix, AZ
Aaron Snead, PhD
Senior Scientist II
Vividion Therapeutics
San Diego, CA
Allison Songstad, PhD
Field Application Scientist
NanoString Technologies
Philadelphia, PA
Paula C. Soto, PhD
Associate Director, Scientific Communications and Publications
Retrophin
San Diego, CA
Jessica Sowa, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology
and Biochemistry
West Chester University
West Chester, PA
John Steele, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA
Sarah Stockwell, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Erica Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA
Terri Stoner, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar Scientist
Grossmont College
San Diego, CA
John Tat, PhD
Scientist
Curtis Oncology Solutions, Inc
San Diego, CA
Eillen Tecle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA
Roberto Tinoco, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology
and Biochemistry
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
Christa Trexler, PhD
Disease Area Analyst
CardioVascular Resource Group, LLC
Mesa, AZ
Francisco Villa, PhD
Clinical Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Northern Arizona University
Yuma, AZ
Leonel Villa-Caballero, MD, PhD
Director of Clinical Trials in Latin America, UC San Diego Extension
Research Faculty, Family and Preventive Medicine,
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Michael Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Mesa College
San Diego, CA
Amanda Wright, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of North Texas
Denton, TX
Katrina Yamazaki, PhD
Professor
Department of Biology
California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Alex Zambon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Keck Graduate Institute, School of Pharmacy
Claremont, CA