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Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD
Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD is Professor of Biology and the Director of the Health Equity Research (HER) Laboratory at San Francisco State University where she is the Principal Investigator of the SF BUILD program. She is the first-born daughter of Mexican immigrants and began her education in the U.S. as a monolingual Spanish speaker. Professor Márquez-Magaña attended Stanford University as the first member of her extended U.S. family to complete high school. She earned a co-terminal BS/MS degree in Biological Sciences at Stanford, and went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. She joined the faculty at SF State in 1994 targeting her professional efforts to “giving back.” Currently these efforts are primarily dedicted to achieving the overall mission of the HER lab to "Link Basic Science to Community Health." Towards this end projects in the lab are aimed at using biomedical tools to study how social injustice gets under the skin to cause or worsen disease. This information can then contribute to advocacy efforts to change policies and practices for health equity.
Audrey Parangan-Smith, PhD
Audrey Parangan-Smith, PhD was born and raised in San Francisco of Filipino immigrants. Interested in science, she attended San Francisco State University (SF State) as a first generation college goer majoring in Microbiology. She began her first research experience studying bacteria motility and gene regulation funded by the NIH MARC program and later as a RISE master student. She later continued her research training as a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley studying regulatory RNA and microbial physiology in a bacterial plant pathogen. Having seen and experienced the inequities historically underrepresented groups experience pursuing a career in STEM, she changed fields as a postdoctoral fellow to focus on science education to learn what is behind these inequities and worked as a coordinator to support programs that increase diversity in STEM. Now working for SF BUILD as the Assistant Director at SF State, she works with students, faculty and administration to support ways diversity can be enhanced in the biomedical field through building resiliency to stereotype threat and developing ways to affirm the communal goals of students.
Nancy E. Calderon, MPH