Dr. Leslie Caromile
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Vascular Biology
Dr. Leslie Caromile is of Eastern Cherokee descent. She earned an undergraduate degree in neurobiology from the University of
Connecticut, a MS in molecular biology from California State University, Los Angeles and a PhD in pathology from the University
of Washington School of Medicine. She is currently a senior postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Vascular Biology at the
University of Connecticut Health Center. Her current studies are supported by her NIH/NCI K01 Mentored Research Scientist Award
to Promote Diversity and focus on the transmembrane peptidase prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) and its function in
prostate cancer tumor invasion, growth, and metastasis. In addition to research, Dr. Caromile is also involved in many
award-winning activities related to undergraduate and graduate research training, mentoring and outreach.
Dr. Michael Joseph Coronado
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Michael Coronado received his BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside where he performed undergraduate
research in aquatic toxicology. He went on to pursue a PhD in Toxicology and Physiology at Johns Hopkins University, conducting
research on sex differences and myocarditis. In 2012 Michael continued academic research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at
Stanford University under the Mentorship of Dr. Daniel Bernstein, investigating the role of mitochondrial dynamics in
exercise adaptation. Michael is currently junior faculty (Instructor) in the Pediatrics Department where he continues to perform
research on mitochondrial dynamics. In addition to academic research, Michael is also an Instructor at UC Berkeley extension
teaching cardiac and respiratory physiology.
Dr. Stacey Finley
University of Southern California
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Stacey D. Finley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Finley received her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida A & M University in 2004 and her Ph.D. in 2009
from Northwestern University. During her Ph.D. training, Dr. Finley worked with Professors Linda Broadbelt and Vassily Hatzimanikatis
and used computational tools to predict and estimate the feasibility of novel biodegradation pathways. Following her graduate work,
Dr. Finley was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Professor Aleksander Popel's
laboratory. Her postdoctoral studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins focused on computational modeling
of angiogenesis signaling pathways. Dr. Finley was awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the NIH National Research Service Award
and the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative. In 2013, Dr. Finley joined the faculty at USC as the WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor in
Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Finley has a joint appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and
is a member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Finley directs the Computational Systems Biology Laboratory at USC, which aims to develop mechanistic models of biological
processes and utilize the models to better understand the dynamics and regulation of biological systems and enable the development
of novel therapeutics for pathological conditions. To maximize the impact of this work, Dr. Finley has established collaborations
with experimental and clinical researchers, in addition to pursuing her own experimental studies. The main projects in the
laboratory are focused on applying computational modeling to study angiogenesis, metabolism, and immunotherapy. Current
projects investigate how these processes are exploited in cancer.
Dr. Dennis Montoya
Associate Project Scientist
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Dennis Montoya is an Associate Project Scientist in the Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology at UCLA where he
is developing computational approaches to identify immune cell populations via sequencing technologies to understand the
immunological differences across complex patient populations. He earned his BA at UC Berkeley and completed his PhD and
postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA studying macrophage functional pathways of lipid metabolism and antimicrobial responses in
infectious diseases. Dr. Montoya believes strongly that diversity is not just about equity but also essential to scientific
excellence. He has spear-headed mentoring events for women & minority scientists at every academic level, chairs a scientific
diversity society of trainee scientists, and has founded the "Scientific Excellence through Diversity" seminar series,
now in its ninth year, which invites women and minority scientists from across the US to UCLA.
Dr. Avery Posey
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Avery D. Posey, Jr. is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned two B.S. degrees from the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics in 2005 and he received his Ph.D. in Genetics
from the University of Chicago in 2011. His current research involves the development of novel, personalized T cell
therapies to treat patient cancers, with particular focus on targeting differential glycosylation patterns in cancer.
He believes that nonconventional ideas lead to the largest field advances and that encouraging and recruiting "disruptors,"
such as the social media and technology leaders, is necessary for life science innovation.
Dr. Lindsey Treviño (Endocrine FLARE Fellow)
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Center for Translational Health Research
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Dr. Lindsey Treviño is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Translational Cancer Research at Texas
A&M University Health Science Center. She received a BS in Chemistry from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX
and a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her current research is focused on
understanding the molecular basis of how early life exposure to endocrine disruptors promotes the development of metabolic
diseases such as cancer, obesity and diabetes in adulthood. Dr. Treviño recognizes the power of effective mentoring for
the successful navigation of a career in biomedical research and firmly believes that early exposure of underrepresented
students to careers in the biomedical sciences is crucial to their recruitment to the field and eventual diversification
of the workforce. Her ultimate career goal is to work in academia, serve as a mentor to underrepresented
students, fellows and trainees and continue to advocate for diversity in the biomedical research workforce.