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

DEADLINE EXTENDED until 12PM (Mountain Time) on September 30, 2015

The closing date for the 2016 Keystone Symposia Fellows program is September 30, 2015. Applicants will be notified of results by November 2, 2015. Application forms for the 2017 Fellows program will be available in early February 2016.

Fellows Class of 2014-2015

Renata Pereira AlambertRenata Pereira Alambert, Ph.D.

Renata Pereira Alambert is a Research Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa. She earned her BS and Ph.D. at The State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Utah, her work focused on investigating the role of different molecules and pathways involved in substrate metabolism in pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy. Dr. Pereira believes that different perspectives contribute to more effective and efficient advancement of scientific knowledge, as well as greater problem-solving skills at the bench, and for this reason, she is a strong supporter of diversity in the Biosciences.

Diana CittellyDiana Cittelly, Ph.D.

Dr. Diana Cittelly is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Pathology Department at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received a BS in Biology and a MS in biochemistry from the National University of Colombia, and a PhD in Cell Biology from The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX). Her research focuses on the hormonal regulation of the brain microenvironment during metastatic progression. Dr. Cittelly believes that enhancing diversity at the bench will bring novel perspectives to the scientific community and help bridge the gap between basic science and the practical issues affecting our communities.

Jamaine DavisJamaine Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Jamaine Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology at Meharry Medical College and a member of the Center for Structural Biology at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Davis received his PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, after completing postdoctoral fellowships at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Davis has recently established a research program that delineates structural mechanisms of genome maintenance and regulation, in an effort to gain a better understanding of how cellular pathways become deregulated in tumor initiation and progression. Enhancing diverse perspectives at the bench will have a significant impact on the US economy. This increased diversity at the bench will help to reduce the economic burden imposed by disparities in health and healthcare, thereby allowing more people to live longer and healthier lives.

Amol KulkarniAmol Kulkarni, Ph.D.

Amol Kulkarni received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After postdoctoral fellowships at Universities of Pittsburgh and Houston, he joined Howard University as an assistant professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy. His independent research program is focused on development of novel antiviral agents and small molecules for treatment of neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders. He firmly believes that scientific solutions require critically evaluating diverse perspectives coming from students with different backgrounds and wide range of skillsets.

Rafael LunaRafael Luna, Ph.D.

Dr. Luna performs research as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He investigates the dynamic protein-protein interactions occurring in the initial steps of protein synthesis, which provides the mechanistic basis for tumor growth leading to cancer. As a college intern at the National Institutes of Health, he was mentored and introduced to the art of research. His mentor impressed upon him to one day turn around and help someone else. Dr. Luna collaborates with the HMS-Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership to utilize scientific storytelling as a novel tool to inspire underrepresented minorities to pursue academic research careers.

Otis SmartOtis Smart, Ph.D.

Dr. Otis Smart is a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurosurgery Department at Emory University. He earned his B.S. in General Science from Morehouse College and his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. each in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Smart develops signal processing algorithms to characterize pathological brain circuitry mechanisms in neurological disorders (e.g., epilepsy, depression, traumatic brain injury). He believes that diverse perspectives, encompassing multiple ethnic backgrounds and various professional fortes, improve convergence toward optimal solutions for critical needs, beneficial initiatives, and eliminating biases of society.

See Fellows from prior years

For general information regarding the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology Fellows Program, please contact: DLSP@KeystoneSymposia.org

Irelene P. Ricks, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity in Life Science Programs
Mentor, Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Phone: +1 970-262-1230 ext. 137
Fax: +1 970-262-0311

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