Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences
Friday, August 20, 2021

Celebrate the 2021 PUMAS interns!

Celebrate the work of the 14 interns from Gladstone's Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences (PUMAS) program.

Over the course of the last 8 weeks, each intern gained hands-on lab experience and worked on an individual research project. In this virtual session, each intern will present their work and answer questions about their project.

2021 Interns

  • Esther Anyona (Mentors: Victoria Yoon and Antara Rao, Huang Lab)
  • Arianna Barajas (Mentor: Amar Nijagal, Nijagal Lab at ImmunoX UCSF)
  • Michael Daniel (Mentors: Jane Srivastava and Nandhini Raman, Flow Cytometry Core)
  • Yohanna Gebremedhin (Mentor: Abdullah Syed, Doudna Lab)
  • Jenny Granera (Mentor: Robyn St. Laurent, Kreitzer Lab)
  • Nilufar Kayhani (Mentor: Kihyun Lee, Srivastava Lab)
  • Heba Morsy (Mentors: Robyn Kaake and Kelsey Haas, Krogan Lab)
  • Yasmin Palacios-Calderón (Mentor: Trupti Patil, Krogan Lab and Quantitative Biosciences Institute at UCSF)
  • Pemba Sherpa (Mentors: Sierra Lear and Rebecca Fang, Shipman Lab)
  • Yangjum Sherpa (Mentor: Blaise Ndjamen, Histology and Light Microscopy Core)
  • Jessica Solis (Mentors: Arnab Ghosh, Genomics CoLabs, and Walter Eckalbar at ImmunoX UCSF)
  • Francesca Torres (Mentor: Zeynep Cakir, Krogan Lab)
  • Autumn Turner-Groth (Mentors: Ujjwal Rathore and Vigneshwari Kumar, Marson Lab)
  • Vanessa Usoh (Mentors: Stephanie Miller and Patrick Honma, Palop Lab)

About the PUMAS Program

The PUMAS internship program aims to provide lab experience to historically underrepresented community college students before they transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). It’s funded by the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This year, Gladstone has partnered with UCSF ImmunoX and the Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) at UC San Francisco to host interns in their labs.


August 20, 2021
10:30am-12:15pm PDT

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.