John Carlos Garza

UCSC Ocean Sciences

July 19, 2019

Dr. John Carlos Garza is adjunct faculty in the UC Santa Cruz Ocean Sciences Department and research staff for the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and studies population and ecological genetics of marine organisms.

Lino Gonzales


July 26 2019

Lino Gonzalez is a Senior Scientist in the Therapeutics division at 23andMe, leading a team in the Protein Sciences. Prior to this, Lino worked for 15 years in the Protein Chemistry Department at Genentech and oversaw a Receptor Discovery Biochemistry group focused on the study of therapeutically important protein-receptor interactions. Lino received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, studying the structural specificity of protein interactions. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford focusing on the structures and biochemical properties of neuronal membrane proteins involved in neurotransmitter release before joining Genentech in 2001. Lino has published over 30 peer reviewed scientific and review articles, which have garnered over 2,500 citations. In addition to his research, Lino has been a strong proponent for broadening participation in the STEM workforce. Lino is the current president of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).


Salvador Almagro-Moreno

University of Southern Florida

August 9, 2019

Dr. Salvador Almagro-Moreno received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the National University of Ireland and was the E. E. Just Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on the evolution and environmental persistence of bacterial pathogens, and how ecological changes such as pollution and global warming affect them. His group studies members of the family Vibrionaceae, a diverse group of aquatic bacteria that includes pathogens such the agent of cholera. His research approach strives to be holistic and multidisciplinary; what he calls “From Bays to Bases”. It encompasses a mix of molecular biology, genomics, phylogenetics, pathogenesis, and ecology.

During his Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Moreno helped co-establish the E. E. Just Program at Dartmouth College. The program provides opportunities for professional development within a supportive and inclusive community of STEM scholars with a diverse background.

Dr. Moreno is an avid Spanish guitar player, salsa dancer and beach dweller.

Past Speakers

Brandon Ogbunu

Watch his 2018 presentation “On Coffee and Epistasis” and his 2016 talk “Data is Awesome and OFFL: Bugs, drugs, genes and memes”.


Marcella Gomez

Marcella’s research focus is control and dynamical systems with applications to synthetic biology, including modeling, analysis, and design of biological networks involved in gene regulation, metabolic engineering, and spatial patterning. Watch a video of her talk, “Controlling Biology: A Mathematical Approach,” presented August 10th, 2018.

Angela Brooks

UC Santa Cruz Professor Angela Brooks’s research offers a more detailed understanding of how cancer genome alterations affect cellular processes — ultimately helping to identify new cancer therapies. Named a Scientist to Watch by Scientist Magazine, the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering professor was recently honored with a Women in Science and Engineering award for advancing diversity as a UCSC priority. Here is her 2016 talk, “Mining Cancer Genomes to Discover New, Targeted Therapies.”

Erich Jarvis

Howard Hughes Institute Medical Investigator and Rockefeller University Professor Erich Jarvis specializes in the study of neural and genetic mechanisms of spoken language using song-learning birds. Dr. Jarvis directs the Vertebrate Genome Project, an initiative to sequence the genomes of the entire earth’s vertebrate species. Here is his 2016 talk, “Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of vocal learning and spoken language: A personal journey.”