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Marina Carlson, BS

STARSII Graduate Coordinator, Yale College; SACNAS Secretary, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Biography

Marina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at California State University Fresno in 2019. During her undergraduate degree, she worked in Dr. Joy Goto’s lab studying neurodegenerative disease in human neuroglioma cell culture and Drosophila. She also participated in the Harvard Amgen Scholars Program, conducting research in Dr. Amar Sahay’s lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. There she studied the differences in hippocampal neurogenesis in young and aged mice. She joined Yale as part of the MCGD track in 2019, and since joining the Hoffman lab is now affiliated with the INP PhD program. She is most interested in performing comprehensive functional analyses of high confidence autism risk genes to identify their role in early neurodevelopment, using zebrafish. Beyond science, Marina serves as a graduate coordinator for the Yale STARS program to support undergraduates through their independent research projects. She also serves as Secretary for the Yale SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in STEM) chapter, which organizes and executes outreach, social, and professional development events.

Education & Training

  • BS
    California State University, Biochemistry (2019)
  • NIH Training Program Grant in Genetics
    Yale University

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Awardee of Faculty Sponsored Student Research AwardCollege of Science and Mathematics, CSU Fresno2021
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Honors ScholarCollege of Science and Mathematics, CSU Fresno2019
Helen-Gigliotti Biochemistry Scholarship RecipientCollege of Science and Mathematics, CSU Fresno2019
Downing Science Scholarship RecipientCollege of Science and Mathematics, CSU Fresno2019
Awardee of Undergraduate Research GrantCollege of Science and Mathematics, CSU Fresno2018, 2019
Professor Kenneth Chan Scholarship RecipientCollege of Science and Mathematics, CSU Fresno2018
Presidents List Honors ScholarCSU Fresno2016, 2017, 2018, 2021
Smittcamp Family Honors ScholarSmittcamp Family Honors College, CSU Fresno2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Yale SACNAS Chapter, Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in STEMElected position for the Yale SACNAS Chapter Graduate Student Organization2021 - Present
Smittcamp Family Honors CollegeApplication Reader for the Honors College Applicants2019 - 2020
Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in STEMMember2019 - Present
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority ParticipationServed as both a Research Fellow and Peer Mentor from 2017-20192017 - 2019