Once a month, queer professionals and academics join us to talk about their experiences in STEM, the paths that have led them to where they are today, and how queerness has influenced or otherwise impacted their careers.

Upcoming Speakers:

3/2/17 – Michael Sadowski (lecturer in Stanford School of Education) – 4pm, location TBD

Past Speakers:

February 2017


Alex Schultz

Alex Schultz is the VP of growth marketing at Facebook. He is really proud to be openly gay at work and in his personal life, and to have a successful career at a couple of big name internet companies. He’d like that to act as an example to other LGBT+ people out there that it’s possible to get to the top of your field and be out.
He has been working in internet marketing/growth now for 10 years and he loves growing stuff. He thinks he is best at taking a good product and helping it grow faster, he certainly finds that most exciting. He feels insanely lucky he got to make his hobby and passion his job.

November 2016

barb-nashBarbara Nash

Barbara Nash is Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. in geology from UC Berkeley. Her research interests are in the formation of igneous rocks with an emphasis more recently on magma genesis in the crust and supereruptions as revealed by both stable and radiogenic isotopes. She is the director of the electron microprobe laboratory at the University of Utah and has collaborated on the discovery and characterization of about 50 new mineral species in the last 5 years. Professor Nash was the first openly transgender member of the University of Utah faculty, is a past member of the board of directors of Utah Pride and is on the Advisory Council of Equality Utah. She is the current chair of the Geological Society of America committee on Diversity in the Geosciences.

October 2016

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Prof. Pozzo is originally from Argentina but she has lived all over the Americas (South and North). Her research interests are in the area of soft colloidal materials and nanotechnology. In addition to research, she is dedicated to Chemical Engineering education with teaching interests in technical entrepreneurship and in innovative laboratory courses. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA. She also worked at the NIST Center for Neutron Research in Maryland as a post-doctoral fellow and is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington where she has served since 2007. While her academic career was developing, her inner gender identity was also emerging during a period of accelerated life-changing events. Prof. Pozzo spoke about how gender transition intersected with her emerging scientific & academic career, with society and with her family life.

May 2016

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Steve Riley is Deputy Chief of the Space Vehicle Mock-Up Facility at NASA at Houston, Texas, Group Leader of the Mechanism and Maintenance Systems at NASA, and Chairman of the Out and Allied Employee Resource Group at Johnson Space Center in Houston.



Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 4.52.59 PMVed Chirayath is a research scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, Chair of the NASA AMES LGBT Advisory Group, and Board Member of the NASA Diversity Equal Opportunity Board of Directors.





April 2016

JunDingJun Ding

Jun Ding is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and (by courtesy) Neurology who graduated with a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, and completed postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School before coming to Stanford. Dr. Ding’s goal is to bridge the gap between molecular or cellular events and the circuit mechanisms that underlie motor behavior, and also to further help construct the details of psychomotor disorder ‘circuit diagrams,’ such as the pathophysiological changes in Parkinson’s disease. The long-term scientific goal of the Ding lab is to construct functional circuit diagrams and establish causal relationships between activity in specific groups of neurons, circuit function, animal motor behavior and motor learning, and thereby to decipher how the basal ganglia process information and guide motor behavior.

February 2016
Kampmann1_croppedMartin Kampmann

Martin Kampmann is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases. He received his BA and MA in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from Cambridge University and his PhD from the Rockefeller University, where he used biophysical approaches to characterize the architecture and dynamics of the nuclear pore complex with Dr. Günter Blobel. The goal of Dr. Kampmann’s research is to understand how human cells maintain their proteins in a functional and balanced state. Identification of factors that control formation, spread, and clearance of protein aggregates associated with neurodegenerative diseases will shed light on the disease mechanisms and reveal potential therapeutic targets. Dr. Kampmann received several highly prestigious awards, including the NIH Director’s new Innovator Award (2015), the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s Allen Distinguished Investigator Award (2015) and the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2014).

January 2016

unnamedCarolyn Bertozzi

Carolyn Bertozzi is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical & Systems Biology and Radiology (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1993. After completing postdoctoral work at UCSF in the field of cellular immunology, she joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1996. In June 2015, she joined the faculty at Stanford University coincident with the launch of Stanford’s ChEM-H institute. Prof. Bertozzi’s research interests span the disciplines of chemistry and biology with an emphasis on studies of cell surface glycosylation pertinent to disease states. Her lab focuses on profiling changes in cell surface glycosylation associated with cancer, inflammation and bacterial infection, and exploiting this information for development of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, most recently in the area of immuno-oncology. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Heinrich Wieland Prize, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, among many others.

December 2015

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Chris Lowe

Chris Lowe is originally from the UK and moved to the US for graduate school. He moved to San Francisco as a Miller postdoctoral scholar at Berkeley in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, then took his first Assistant Professor job was at University of Chicago in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy. Chris then moved to Stanford in 2010 to the Biology Department, based out of Hopkins Marine Station.The Lowe Lab is broadly interested in the field of evolution and development of body parts, and more specifically the evolution of the deuterostomes and on the origins and early evolution of the vertebrate brain and central nervous system.

November 2015 


Stephanie Eberle

Stephanie K. Eberle is the Director of the School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC) and has been the Resident Fellow of the frosh dorm Burbank House for the last nine years. She began her tenure at the SoMCC in 2008 developing curriculum and resources for all biosciences trainees to explore and define a path toward their own careers of choice. In her free time Stephanie can be seen walking her Keeshond, Hans, heard playing her drum set, or found teaching yoga or Pilates. She defines herself as “diesel femme,” “gender queer,” and/or “lesbian,” depending on her mood at the time.