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

Application forms for the 2017 Fellows program will be available in early February 2016.

Fellows Class of 2015-2016

Leslie Caromile

Dr. Leslie Caromile
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
UConn Health
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.

Michael Joseph Coronado

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.

Stacey Finley

Dr. Stacey Finley
Assistant Professor
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.

Dennis Montoya

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.

Avery Posey

Dr. Avery Posey
Postdoctoral Fellow
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.

Lindsey Trevino

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.

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)