IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Action ) Team

The IDEA Team is a group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from the Department of Cell Biology. We recognize the need to work continually to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment within our department, and it is our mission to develop and implement initiates that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at our own institution and in science more broadly. If you would like to learn more or if you would like to join us, please reach out at

Our initiatives:

  • Annual cultural competency training
  • Rising Stars Symposium

Current IDEA Team Members



Jose Catala Torres

Pamela Hamm

Carliena Johnson

Tanya Nesterova

Cristian Saez Gonzalez 

Jennifer Viveiros

Sumana Raychaudhuri

Erika Matunis, PhD  

Jian Liu, PhD 

Shigeki Watanabe, PhD

Nelson Yeung