For centuries, science has been a world of walls. Race, gender, sexuality, wealth, and more defined who could participate.  Still today, queer representation in STEMM* lags behind societal progress—especially where identities of women, and gender minorities intersect with Black, Indigenous, and other person-of-color identities.

These faces reflect a vibrant future. Each has hit old walls and made a new kind of door. On the other side?  A community that celebrates belonging and values identity as a driver of insight, discovery, and the questions we ask. New Science welcomes and benefits us all.   

*STEMM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. 

Nueva Ciencia

Las identidades queer e interseccionales están revolucionando la forma en que se hace ciencia.

Durante siglos, la ciencia ha sido un mundo de paredes. Raza, género, sexualidad, riqueza y más definían quién podía participar. Todavía hoy, la representación queer en STEMM* tiene un rezago en el progreso social, especialmente donde las identidades de las mujeres y las minorías de género se cruzan con las identidades negras, indígenas y las identidades de otras personas de color.

Estos rostros reflejan un futuro vibrante. Cada uno ha chocado con viejos muros y ha construido un nuevo tipo de puerta. ¿Qué hay del otro lado? Una comunidad que celebra la pertenencia y valora la identidad como motor de conocimiento, descubrimiento y de las preguntas que hacemos. La nueva ciencia nos da la bienvenida y nos beneficia a todos.

*STEMM = Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería, Matemáticas y Medicina.


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Jessica Esquivel


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Nicole Jackson


Chief Technology Officer

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Luca Caputo

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Development Biology & Molecular Biology

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Eulalia Coutinho


Neuroendrocrinology & Pharmacology

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Meg Critcher

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Chemical Glycobiologist

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Nathan Dao


Organic Chemistry

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Emily Diaz


Cancer Stem Cell Biology

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Chris Garza


Biophysics & Medicine

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A-Bel Gong


Behavioral Ecology

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Jen Havens

They/Them, She/Her

Phylogenetics & Molecular Epidemiology

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Neuroscience & Neuropsychology

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Translational Science

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Asama Lekbua

She/Her, They/Them

Microbiology, Microbiome & Systems Biology

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Matthew Martens


Microbiology & Cell Biology

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Hannah Pettit


Biomedical Sciences & Cancer Biology

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Sabah Ul-Hasan


Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

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Amanda Whacker


Biophysics & Biology

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Environmental & Ocean Science

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