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MARC Engaged Leaders Seminars

Highly respected leaders in various fields are invited to campus to meet our UROC Scholars and affiliates throughout the academic year. This innovative seminar series allows undergraduate students to take an active role in leadership seminars hosted by internationally distiguished faculty and academic leaders. 

During the seminars, guest speakers provide an overview of their research/expertise before sitting down to engage students in a discussion surrounding the talk. This informal round-table discussion facilitates engagement of students with the speaker, to gain a better insight of their research and career pathway. In addition, the MARC Engaged Leaders discuss a professional skill the students will need to acquire and improve as the students progress in their careers. These engaged interactions provide students an enriching experience that will help broaden their scientific and career perspectives. 

Please see below for a schedule of upcoming workshops and past presenters. The MARC Engaged Leders Seminar Series is sponsored by the NIH MARC U*STAR Program.  

Upcoming Engaged Seminar Speakers:


Past Engaged Seminar Speakers:

of Obesity
in Mammalian 
Hibernators and 
How I Got a Job"

Dr. Greg Florent 
Professor and Director of Graduate Center for Diversity
and Access 
Colorado State University 
for Therapeutic 
Target Discovery"
Dr.Lino Gonzalez
President of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Senior Scientist of Protein Chemistry Genentech
"Pushing the Lipid Envelope"
Dr. Gabriel Montano
President of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and faculty member at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Role of Striatin in Mineralocorticoid
Receptor Activation and Cardiovascular Disease"
Dr. Jose R. Romero
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital

"Microparticle Targeting of the ETS
Transcription Factor ESE-1 to Treat
Breast Cancer"

Dr. Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann
Professor, Departments of Medicine and of
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics and
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Colorado, Denver

"Why Diversity Is Easier to Imagine
Than Accomplish: A Story of Beans,
Teams, and Creativity"

Dr. Maggie Washburn
President, Society for Advancement of
Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
(SACNAS) and AAAS Fellow Regent’s
Professor of Biology
University of New Mexico, Albuquergue

"How Transcription Circuits Evolve
and Produce Biological Novelty"

Dr. Alexander "Sandy" Johnson
Professor and Vice Chair, Department
of Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, San Francisco

"Regulation of Intrarenal
Angiotensin II in Normal
and Hypertensive Conditions"
Dr. L Gabriel Navar
Chair, Department of Physiology
Director, Center for Biomedical
Research Excellence in Hypertension and
Renal Biology 
Tulane University Health Sciences Center

"Why Doesn't Grandpa Know Who
I Am?"

Dr. Linda Van Eldik
Director, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Center 
Vernon Smith Endowed Chair in 
Alzheimer Research
Professor, Dept. Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Kentucky

"Finding a Secure Scientific

Dr. Ernest D. Marquez
Past President, SACNAS
National Institutes of Health,
Health Scientist Administrator (Retired)
The Johns Hopkins University,
Department of Advanced
Academic Programs

"Diversity and Good Science"

Dr. John Matsui
Director, Biology Scholars Program
Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

"Journey Through Academia"

Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez
University Regents Professor and Joaquin
Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology
Executive Director of MTBI/SUMS
Arizona State University