San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Present: “The Places Your Imagination Takes You”—The 5th Annual Women in Biotech at the Salk

SAN DIEGO—On Wednesday, November 13th, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will host the 5th Annual Women in Biotech with the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series. Dr. Karen J. Nelson, president of the J. Craig Venter Institute will keynote, followed by an all-women panel from Illumina, the non-profit Match Your Need, and Salk Institute—300 young women from eight San Diego High schools will be welcomed by District Superintendent Cindy Marten, as part of the 18th event in the successful 5-year STEAM Leadership series, a program of Intellectual Capital and KidsEcoClub.

Dr. Nelson, a 2018 inductee to the National Academy of Sciences and an expert in the gut microbiome, will explain her own path from Jamaica to La Jolla. The keynote will be followed by a panel of young science and business leaders who will answer questions from the audience and share their experiences as women in STEAM careers. The panelists include:

  1. Ida Khodami Associate Director ,Global Business Operations at Illumina
  2. Pantea Khodami Associate Director, Global Marketing at Illumina
  3. M. Fernanda (Gandara) Coelho, CEO Coelho Consulting and “Match Your Need,”
  4. Dr. Elena Blanco-Suarez - Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory of Nicola Allen, Salk
  5. Dr. Yuan Xue - Gene Expression Laboratory of Juan-Carlos Ipzua Belmonte, Salk
  6. Dr. Charlotte Miller -Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory of Wolfgang Busch,Salk

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9 am – 11 am

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
10010 N Torrey Pines Rd,
La Jolla, CA 92037

About the Program

The STEAM Leadership Series mission is to bridge the science, education and high-tech business communities along career pathways that inspire young people to live their dreams and explore great careers and jobs in Smart City San Diego, adding value and impact to educational experiences. The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Support includes lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation, the USS Midway Museum, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, the Moxie Foundation, and others.


Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation (justin@sdfoundation.org) 336-254-7056;
Steve Chapple, Executive Director, the STEAM Leadership Series (intellectualcapitalchapple@gmail.com), 858-952-9547;
Allie Akmal, Salk Media Relations Manager (press@salk.edu) 858-453-4100;
Nate Sachdeva, Office of STEAM Innovation, SD Unified (nsachdeva@sandi.net) 619-987-6534