JBB Early Career Mentors

Early Career Mentor Leader

Dr. Camila Campos is a postdoc in the Chemistry department at University of Kansas. She works with microfluidics for liquid biopsy. She grew up is Brazil, where she got her Engineering degree in Food Sciences and a PhD in Chemistry working with Food Analysis by the State Uiversity of Campinas.To her, JBB is a way of interacting with the university community and promoting women engineers and scientists.​

Mentor of Savannah Herring and Emilia Ojeda

Kaila is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) with a passion for student education and community engagement in science. Kaila played a key role in establishing the outreach committee of the EEB Graduate Student Organization and has developed science education programs with many organizations in the broader community. She has a commitment to inclusive teaching and mentoring. Many of the students she has mentored in the lab have been women and/or from underrepresented groups in STEM. Kaila has received awards for her dedication to teaching and recently for her commitment to student success through mentoring. 

Mentor of Chantelle Davis and Claire Byers

Bethany Gross graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2010 with a B.A. in Chemistry followed by her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2016. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas developing in vitro diagnostics for cancer screening. Her broader research interest lies in the development of point-of-care devices for use in under-resourced areas. 

Mentor of Aleah Estes

Andrew Mongue is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, studying reproductive biology in butterflies and moths. He uses his study organisms to teach insect biology and inspire a love of natural science in communities in eastern Kansas. In particular, he is cultivating an ongoing partnership with the Girl Scouts of the area to bring more STEM education to elementary and middle school girls. 

Mentor of Emily Smith and Tanya Sanchez

Dr. Pullagurla is a post doctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas. She earned her Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from Osmania University, India in 2008 and moved to United States in the same year. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2014 from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2014. Her research mainly focuses on design and fabrication and applications of microfluidics and nanofluidics in disease diagnostics. She has mentored students during her research career and believes in implementing mentoring and training strategies that promote and seek to increase women’s participation in STEM.   


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