Diversity in Life Science Programs

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program graduated its inaugural class in June 2009. This highly unique, research-driven, diversity-centered program educates early-career scientists regarding the inner workings of the life sciences community and provides a venue for high-level interaction with established and leading scientists nationally and globally. The Fellows Program provides context, understanding and insight regarding the development of high-powered research meetings, utilizing shadowing experiences with scientist organizers and key Keystone Symposia staff members. These experiences allow for learning how the research agenda is set, how to engage in high-level discourse on research topics and how to broaden perspectives in life science research.

Keystone Symposia Fellows Program Flyer

     Peer reviewed publication in Trends in Molecular Medicine

     Map of Keystone Symposia Fellows

Application Process

The application process for the 2015-2016 Keystone Symposia Fellows Program year will open June 1, 2015.

Applications must be submitted by September 1 of each calendar year, and notification will be made by October, with a start date of November 1. Application forms will be available for download starting on June 1.

Fellows Class of 2013-2014

Melinda AldrichMelinda Aldrich, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Melinda Aldrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Division of Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Aldrich received her MPH in Epidemiology/Biostatistics in 2003 and her PhD in Epidemiology in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2010 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Aldrich has established a research program focused on identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for complex pulmonary diseases, including lung cancer and COPD, with an emphasis on understanding racial/ethnic differences in disease. Diverse perspectives at the bench bring together wide-ranging experiences and insights that result in scientific advancement and innovation that is more than the sum of its parts.

Amanda BrownAmanda Brown, Ph.D.

After receiving her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California Riverside, Dr. Amanda Brown obtained a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, she moved to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she is an Assistant Professor studying the role of macrophages in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. She believes that what we see, hear, and learn is filtered through our culture, environment, and experiences. With people at the bench from different backgrounds, we can more accurately see all dimensions of a problem, harnessing the capacity for innovation from everyone.

Vinicio de Jesus PerezVinicio de Jesus Perez, M.D.

Dr. Vinicio A. de Jesus Perez obtained his MD at the University of Puerto Rico in 2000 followed by Internal Medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He continued subspecialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine first at the University of Colorado in Denver and then at Stanford University where he developed an interest in pulmonary hypertension (PH) research. Over the past three years, he has transitioned from being a postdoctoral fellow to assistant professor in the Stanford University Department of Medicine. His research centers on elucidating the genetic and molecular mechanisms that regulate pulmonary angiogenesis in health and disease. Diversity is critical to problem solving in science as it provides many angles and a wealth of options to attack a given problem. It also opens the doors to collaborations that will nurture and increase the success of the project as well as aid in the career development of young investigators.

Senta GeorgiaSenta Georgia, Ph.D.

Senta Georgia is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC. She earned her BS from Stanford University and her Ph.D. at UCLA. Her previous studies focused on cell cycle molecules during the establishment, expansion, and maintenance of beta cell mass. During her junior professorship at the Hillblom Islet Research Center, she studied the role of DNA methylation in the differentiation of pancreatic progenitor cells and in the maintenance of beta cell identity. Currently, her lab focuses on cellular reprogramming with the goal of generating new beta cells as a potential therapeutic for patients with diabetes. Being at the bench is just like being at the boardroom; having people from diverse backgrounds expands the perspectives available to think about data, insights, problems, and solutions.

Curtis HenryCurtis Henry, Ph.D.

Dr. Curtis J. Henry received his B.S. in Molecular Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Immunology from Wake Forest University in 2008. Dr. Henry then joined Dr. James DeGregori at the University of Colorado AMC as a postdoctoral fellow and was promoted to Research Instructor in 2012. He currently focuses on understanding the impact of age on hematopoiesis and how these aging-associated alterations promote leukemia. Dr. Henry believes that the only way to successfully combat the vast malignancies we face is to have an equally diverse group of individuals tackling critical scientific issues.

Glenn RoweGlenn Rowe, Ph.D.

Dr. Glenn C. Rowe received his B.S. in Biology from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale University. Dr. Rowe is currently a Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School where his research interest focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying metabolism in the cardiovascular system. Dr. Rowe believes that by increasing both hands-on research opportunities and peer-to-peer mentoring this will have a positive effect on diversity. He also believes that by increasing diversity at the bench will have a "trickle-up" effect on diversity within the biomedical research community as a whole.

See Fellows from prior years

For general information regarding the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology Fellows Program, please contact:

Ms. Bridget Stacy
Administrative Assistant
Diversity in Life Science Programs
Keystone Symposia
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498
Phone: +1 970-262-1230 ext. 133

Dr. Laina King
Director, Diversity in Life Science Programs
Keystone Symposia
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498

Download the poster presented on the Keystone Symposia Fellows Program at the 4th Conference on Understanding Interventions   (2.9MB)
Download the poster presented on the Keystone Symposia Fellows Program at the 5th Conference on Understanding Interventions   (1MB)