CALIFORNIA


Who are we?

California is the eighth largest economy in the world and the epicenter of global innovation. In particular, Silicon Valley has the highest concentration of engineers, innovators and venture capital in the world. Within a 50-mile area, three leading universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSF are clustered together with leading companies in information technology (e.g. Google, Apple, Yahoo, Cisco, Intel), social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), transportation and automotive (Tesla, Uber) and bioengineering (Genentech, Amgen). Our community of scientists and engineers is witnessing an unprecedented and historic transformation. ECUSA California is challenged to foster the discussion across disciplines and amplify the effects of this revolution by sparking the ideas of scientists, enterprising engineers, and innovators in our community.

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What do we do?

We organize events and promote networking between ECUSA members. We look forward to seeing you at all of our events, which will be posted on this page of the California Chapter and on our website and ECUSA’s social network platforms.

Chapter Board

Gloria Hernandez Torres

Gloria Hernández Torres

President

PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid and the University of Strasbourg. She developed her passion for medicinal chemistry and biological chemistry during her postdoctoral stay at The Scripps Institute in La Jolla and as a Juan de la Cierva researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid. She came back to San Diego to begin a new adventure in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. She is currently working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals where she is researching to find new drugs for the treatment and cure of various diseases of the digestive system.

Antonio Cembellin Prieto

Antonio Cembellín Prieto

Vice-president

Antonio Cembellin Prieto was born in Ávila, Spain. At the age of 18, he came to the United States to study biotechnology at Indiana University thanks to an athletic scholarship. After his second year, he worked in Dr. Cheng Kao’s lab and together designed antimicrobial peptides to treat bacterial infections and received two patents together. Currently, Antonio is a third year PhD student in Immunology at University of California, Davis, in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Baumgarth. Antonio studies the interaction between the immune and the nervous systems during the immune response to the influenza virus. Antonio is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of ECUSA News&Views, together with Dr. Fernando de Miguel, a project that focuses on bridging the gap between science and society. Antonio is the Vicepresident of ECUSA-California. Antonio es el fundador y director de “ECUSA News&Views”, un apartado de ECUSA que pretende llevar la ciencia a un público más amplio. He is the current VP of California Chapter in ECUSA. He is the current VP of California Chapter in ECUSA.

Sara Landeras

Sara Landeras

Treasurer

Sara holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Interested in combating highly pathogenic infectious diseases in humans, Sara combines the latest technologies in Molecular and Structural Biology at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (California), where she conducts her postdoctoral research focused on the Ebola virus. In addition, as co-founder of ECUSA-SD, Professional Development Manager at Fostering Docs and Treasurer of ECUSA-CA, Sara organizes science outreach and professional development events.

Alba Gonzalez

Alba González

Secretary

Alba is a PhD graduated from Barcelona. She pursued her postdoctoral studied in the University of New York (NYU) and in the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) where she studied mechanisms of immune suppression in cancer. She is now leading a project at the biotech startup Senti Biosciences developing novel cell therapies for cancer.

Comissions

Ana Correia

Fostering Docs

PhD in Biochemistry from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (ITQB-UNL), she did her post-doctoral research in structural biology, first at the Centro Nacional de Biologia (CNB-CSIC), and then at Caltech (CA, USA). She has recently joined Amgen as a scientist and works on the production, evaluation and optimization of new molecules with therapeutic capacity.

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Ariadna Sáenz

EPO

PhD in Neurosciences – Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, UCSD. I am a Neuroscientist and a Professional Musician / Dancer. I use scientific analysis of EEG, ECoG, and physiological data to understand the neurodynamics of music improvisation and affective responses to music engagement. I am working on engineering new musical interventions for health and well-being, including the development of musical brain-computer interfaces. Additionally, I graduated in Piano Performance and I hold a Master in Composition from the Royal Higher Conservatory of Music of Madrid and the URJC (Spain).

Marcos Otero

TBD

During his PhD in the University of Valencia, Spain, Marcos utilized multiple microscopy techniques to study the nonapeptidergic circuits that modulate social behavior and helped describe the neuroanatomy of the limbic system in rodents. He joined Cobos lab at UCLA in 2016 where he developed protocols to apply single-cell transcriptomics on post-mortem brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients. He is interested in technology and computational biology, and aiming to leverage wide transcriptomics data to understand selective cell vulnerability in Alzheimer’s disease and Tauopathies.

Alba Gonzalez

Alba González

IT/Communication

Alba is a PhD graduated from Barcelona. She pursued her postdoctoral studied in the University of New York (NYU) and in the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) where she studied mechanisms of immune suppression in cancer. She is now leading a project at the biotech startup Senti Biosciences developing novel cell therapies for cancer.

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Leire Abalde Atristain

E-Visibility

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Leire is a neuroscientist from Donostia-San Sebastian who completed her undergraduate studies in Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master’s in Biomedical Research at the Pompeu Fabra University, also in Barcelona. Sponsored by a predoctoral fellowship from the La Caixa Foundation, Leire moved to the US in 2013 to obtain her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, where she was recognized with a Young Investigator Award for her thesis work. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Marc Freeman at Oregon Health & Science University, where she studies the role of glial cells in the degeneration of neurons in the central nervous system. Leire joined the ECUSA’s e-Visibility program in 2020 because of her passion for science communication, her conviction that without Science there is no future, and her STEMinist ideals. Since 2021 she also leads MECUSA in its mission to empower women scientists, improve their visibility, and advocate for gender equity in science.

M. Pilar Martínez Viedma

PhD in Biology from the University of Jaén in the area of Microbiology. She continued her career as a postdoctoral researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in the HIV field. She later worked as a scientist for a small biotech company in San Diego developing biosensors for pathogen detection. She is currently based in San Diego as a Senior Scientist at the J. Craig Venter Institute in the Virology area of the Bioinformatics department.

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