WIB-Austin Area

Name:  Monica Berrondo
WIB Position:  Chapter Chair
Company: Macromoltek
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Monica Berrondo, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur, scientist, and software engineer. She is the founder and CEO of Macromoltek, a software company assisting biotech companies in improving research outcomes and reducing the cost associated with drug discovery. She completed her undergraduate studies at RPI and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, where she received the NIH’s prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein fellowship to conduct her doctoral research studying the effects of mutations on protein structure and function. Dr. Berrondo has authored over 10 peer-reviewed scientific articles in journal such as Proteins, JMB, and PLoS One.

Name:  Tanya Raymond
WIB Position:  Chapter Vice Chair
Company: University of Texas at Austin
Title: PhD Candidate
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Tanya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin studying biochemistry in the Molecular Biosciences department.   Her work focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of DNA double strand break repair and regulation of signaling pathways in human cells.  She holds a BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Michigan Technological University.  

Name:  Nkem Azu
WIB Position:  Communications Chair
Company: Texas Southern University
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Nkem Azu completed a B.S. in Biology at Baylor University and an M.S. Biology at Texas Southern University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Tx where she is working on an Environmental Toxicology degree. Her current work is focused on understanding the effects of environmental contaminants such as platinum group metals discharged in automobile exhaust and road dust on the induction of pulmonary diseases like asthma.

Name:  Nichole Bennett
WIB Position:  Communications Vice Chair
Name:  Jaya Srivastava
WIB Position:  Program Chair
Company: Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Title: Medical Science Liaison
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Jaya Srivastava Ph.D. is a Medical Science Liaison with Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where her responsibilities include serving as a subject matter expert and liaison to area physicians in the areas of Hematology and Oncology. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin where research interests included the investigation of carcinogenic drivers of cancer progression and development of therapeutic agents for use in skin cancer.

Name:  Krista Ternus
WIB Position:  Funding Chair
Company: Signature Science, LLC
Title: Genomics/Bioinformatics Consultant
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Dr. Krista Ternus provides genomics and bioinformatics subject matter expertise, facilitation of external collaborations, technical course development, and project management support for Signature Science, LLC. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. in Genetics at Texas A&M University in College Station, and a postdoctoral fellowship in genomics at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul.

Name:  Chithra Krishnamurthy
WIB Position:  Funding Co-Vice Chair
Name:  Stacey Lee
WIB Position:  Funding Co-Vice Chair
Name:  Marilyn Robertson
WIB Position:  Diversity Chair
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