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Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. JoAnne Trejo

Dr. JoAnn Trejo

The 2016 Biomedical Research Symposium is thrilled to welcome Dr. JoAnn Trejo, the Associate Dean for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs at the University of California–San Diego. JoAnn conducts research on cell signaling and the underlying mechanisms by which G protein-coupled receptors regulate vascular inflammation and breast cancer progression. Her research has been funded continuously by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA); she was also a recipient of the prestigious AHA Established Investigator Award. In addition to this vital research, JoAnn also works as a professor and vice chair for Education in the Pharmacology department, as well as directing the San Diego IRACDA Program, an NIH/NIGMS-supported postdoctoral training program seeking to increase diversity in academia.

Dr. Trejo, who met her first science mentor in high school, earned her B.S. from the University of California–Davis and her Ph.D. and M.B.A. from UC–San Diego. Following the completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at UC–San Francisco, she accepted a faculty position at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2000. Eight years later, she moved back to UC–San Diego, where recently she was promoted to full professor. In 2014, she received the UC–San Diego Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring, and most recently, she received the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ruth Kirchstein Diversity in Science Award. This award recognizes outstanding scientists who show commitment to mentoring and encouraging underrepresented students to enter the sciences.

Dr. Trejo will be speaking at 3:15 p.m. in Room 102 of the Science & Math Learning Center (SMLC Map).