MEET THE PANELISTS
Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Diversity Training at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania
Raquel develops program initiatives geared towards increasing the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical sciences across multiple career levels. Raquel has been heavily involved in organizations dedicated to these initiatives such as the Leadership Alliance and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS). She is an alumna of the prestigious Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Institute hosted by SACNAS in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Associate Professor & Director of the Biobhavioral Lab University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In 2015, Dr. Silveyra served as interim Director for Diversity and Inclusion in Education for the Penn State College of Medicine, and she established a summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in science and medicine. Dr. Silveyra is a mentor for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, and she is highly involved in community outreach activities with her student groups. She has established awards for girls interested in science careers, and she has served as a volunteer judge in science fairs, national conferences, and scholarship committees. She also led the first Biobuilder workshop in PA, where she trained high school teachers about synthetic biology. She has also led an interdisciplinary team of physicians and scientists who investigated the molecular basis of neonatal lung disease in order to discover molecules that can serve as biomarkers.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry
Dr. Matthew Lockett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an associate member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. His laboratory is developing a paper-based culture platform to construct easy to assemble tissue-like structures. His lab is also developing the tools needed to quantify cellular responses in these structures when exposed to physiologically relevant oxygen gradients. Matthew has received a number of awards including the Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry and the Bioanalysis Zone New Investigator Award. He was recently named as one of the top 40-under-40 investigators in the Analytical Scientist.
FirstHand’s program manager for High School programming
Adam Durant is the Program Manager for High School programming at FirstHand, an educational initiative of the University City Science Center. Before joining FirstHand, Adam taught secondary science for 6 years in the School District of Philadelphia. Through his tenure, Adam developed the middle school science curriculum at Meredith Elementary while sponsoring students to participate in the city-wide Carver Science Fair. Adam has also taught in the University of Pennsylvania’s Upward Bound program, in which he developed and implemented a college prep curriculum for high school students. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Earth & Space Teacher Association (PAESTA) and has participated in the program’s five-year partnership program with Penn State University.