BMCDB Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Mission Statement

The BMCDB Diversity and Inclusion Committee aims to increase the outreach and recruitment of individuals from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds. By bringing diverse voices to the graduate group, we can broaden our scope of creative solutions in order to better understand various scientific questions. We also aim to create awareness about the achievement gap that exists in underrepresented groups within STEM.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) reports the achievement gap as a decrease in the number of underrepresented individuals in higher education and at the faculty level.  By increasing the recruitment and retention of these underrepresented individuals, we hope to address the disparity gap that currently exists. Lastly, we hope to create an enriching experience by focusing on the support and success of these individuals within BMCDB.

If you have any questions about the BMCDB graduate group and/or life as a student here, please do not hesitate to contact any of the current students listed here.

Committee Members

Brigette Monroy

Brigette Monroy

Graduate Advisor: Kassandra Ori-McKenney

Department: Molecular and Cellular Biology


Contact topics: First generation college students, Latinx students, UCD IMSD, NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program, choosing a lab and lab mentorship

Briana Rocha-GreggBriana Rocha-Gregg

Graduate Advisor: Sean Collins

Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


Contact topics: First generation college students, work-life balance, student parents, women in science, outreach, choosing a lab, financial concerns, research (Neutrophil chemotaxis, computational image analysis)

Cindy KhuuCindy Khuu

Graduate Advisor: Sheila David

Department: Chemistry


Contact Topics: Women in STEM, first generation college student/higher education, model minority questions, transitioning directly from undergrad to graduate school, interdisciplinary research (specifically chemistry and biology)

Commodore St GermainCommodore St Germain

Graduate Advisor: Jacqueline Barlow

Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


Contact topics: Returning (older) students, underrepresented minority students, and graduate school process/requirements

Javier GarciaJavier Garcia

Graduate Advisor: Angie Gelli

Department: Pharmacology


Contact topics: First generation college students, Latinx students, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, underrepresented and minority students, and general application questions

Maxine UmehMaxine Umeh

Graduate Advisor: Colleen Sweeney

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


Contact topics: Underrepresented minority students, Black/African American students, student parents, and fellowships

Megan LiouMegan Liou

Graduate Advisor: Andreas Baumler

Department: Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Contact topics: LGBTQIA topics, women in science, and general application questions

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