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CIC Pride in STEM Social is co-hosted in partnership with Pride in STEM.
What to expect?
1. Enjoy a free networking event tailored for 2SLGBTQ+ scientists and engineers from all STEM backgrounds;
2. Learn about the resources and tools available to support 2SLGBTQ+ scientists and engineers;
3. Connect with panellists and learn how to be a better ally;
4. Get professional development tips to help you successfully overcome some of the challenges experienced by 2SLGBTQ+ community within diverse STEM fields.
Dr. Alfredo Carpineti
Astrophysicist/Chair & Founder of Pride in STEM
Dr. Alfredo Carpineti, Ph.D. (he/him) is is a gay Italian astrophysicist, science journalist, and social activist. He is the chair and founder of Pride in STEM, an award-nominated British charitable trust dedicated to supporting and showcasing LGBT people in science, technology, engineering, and maths. Pride in STEM and other sibling organizations launched and continue to promote LGBTSTEM Day, the international day for LGBTQ+ people in STEM, happening globally on November 18. He was recognized as one of the 100 LGBTQ trailblazers by Attitude Magazine.
PhD Candidate, Biology, Duke University
Ray Allen (he/him) is an Ojibwe Indigiqueer developmental biologist and urchinologist. He received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry-Biology and Minor in Latin at Ripon College, and he’s currently a senior Biology Ph.D. student in the McClay lab at Duke University where his dissertation focuses on immune cell development and function in the sea urchin, Lytechinus variegatus. Ray is minoring in Science & Society where he focuses on observing and understanding the intersections of science, cultures, settler-colonialism, and policy on research. His broader interest includes science communication, art, and policy.
PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineer, Drexel University
Sophie Lee (they/them) is a chemical engineer and battery researcher, completing their Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Sophie is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. They graduated with an S.B in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 and worked as a research engineer developing grid-scale energy storage technologies prior to graduate school. They have been published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Journal of Physics: Energy, Joule and Electrochemistry Communications and are an inventor on two patents. They will be starting a new career as a battery consultant this fall.
Dr. Tiago Vieira
Director, Gilead Sciences
Dr. Tiago Vieira (he/him) obtained his BSc in Chemistry in 2000 at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He remained at the same university to pursue his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. In 2005 he joined Prof. Howard Alper’s group as a postdoc fellow at the University of Ottawa. In 2008 Dr. Vieira accepted a position at Gilead Sciences, Edmonton, in the Process Development group. Over the last 12 years, he has developed manufacturing processes for antiviral pharmaceuticals for the treatment of HCV, HBV, Ebola virus and Covid-19, as well as in the areas of inflammation and oncology.
Dr. Krishnaa Mahbubani
Senior Study Manager, Collaborative Biorepository for Translational Medicine (CBTM), Cambridge University of Cambridge
Dr. Krishnaa Mahbubani (she/her) was born and brought up in Hong Kong before moving to Sheffield, where she gained a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and spent some time in the industry. She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University, and after a period there as a Post-doctoral scientist, moved to the Department of Surgery as a research associate with the Cambridge Biorespository for Translational Medicine. She is currently the Senior Study Manager for the Biorepository, developing creative solutions to support and improve research opportunities in regenerative therapies. She is also applying her engineering expertise to develop methods to extract tissue-resident lymphocytes and to understand cryopreservation, with a focus on understanding the effects of nucleation on cell viability. Outside of the lab, Krishnaa can usually be found in the gym picking things up and putting them down again or at an airport waiting for the next plane somewhere.
Resources & Toolkit:
Let’s celebrate and recognize the contributions of 2SLGBTQ+ professionals in STEM every day. Download our Pride in STEM resource toolkit to learn more about the community initiatives, organizations and events available throughout the whole year.
Pride in STEM
A charitable trust run by an independent group of LGBTQ+ scientists & engineers from around the world.