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NIH SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) Chapter Virtual Lunch: Celebrating Black History Month

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Networking Opportunities

Online: Link will be sent to registrants prior to event
Feb 25, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event is recommended for: Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

The NIH-SACNAS Chapter (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) would like to invite you to their weekly virtual lunch on Thursdays. 

Join us on Thursday, February 25th at noon (EST) to celebrate Black History Month by learning about the “Genetic Consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.” The NIH-SACNAS Chapter welcomes Dr. Joanna Mountain and Dr. Steven Micheletti to speak about their groundbreaking research in ancestry and population genetics. Speakers' biography below. 

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Joanna Mountain, PhD
Senior Director of Research. Joanna Mountain is Senior Director of Research, where she is responsible for overseeing research projects, ensuring the protection of research participants, and developing approaches to evaluate and interpret ancestry. Joanna earned a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Joanna spent two years in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer and continues to be particularly interested in the genetic diversity of Africa.

Steven Micheletti, PhD
Scientist II, Population Genetics. Steven is a Population Geneticist who works on Ancestry-related features and diversity initiatives. As an expert in using tools from genetics to study migrations, he also uses participant data to research impactful historical events. Consequently, he is the lead author on 23andMe’s landmark study Genetic Consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Steven was a Fisheries Geneticist for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, implementing conservation of wild fish populations through genetics research. In his free time, you can find Steven outdoors ‘herping,’ or identifying species of reptiles and amphibians. Steven holds degrees in biology from University of California, Davis (B.S.), San Francisco State University (M.S.), and Washington State University (PhD).


Who are we?: We are a professional SACNAS chapter that provides a supportive and welcoming environment for Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans trainees and staff at the NIH to get together, exchange ideas, network, share successes, and strategize about future goals. Our chapter holds monthly meetings focus on scientific communication, networking, outreach, and career development to provide our members with resources and tools to improve and advance their careers. We are part of the National SACNAS organization (Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science). We welcome everyone to be part of our events.  If you are interested in joining the chapter, please sign-up to our list-serv (NIH-SACNAS). 




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