Dr. Ziba Razinia
Dr. Razinia obtained a B.S. from UCLA in Biology and a Master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Developmental Biology. She went on to complete her doctoral degree from Yale University in Cell & Molecular Biology and post-doctoral fellowship in Mechanobiology from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Her research focused on understanding adhesion-mediated intracellular signaling and how cells sense and respond to changes in the physical properties of the microenvironment. As a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Razinia was awarded fellowships from the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Razinia’s interest in higher education and student mentoring in the sciences developed over the course of her academic and research training. As a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Razinia mentored a diverse student population in the laboratory and in and out of the classroom and served as a teaching fellow for undergraduate and graduate level biology courses. She also participated in an academic administration internship at Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship (CURF) and mentored underrepresented minority students as part of Penn’s Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP). In August 2018, she joined URC-Sciences as an Assistant Director and works with the Program for Excellence in Education & Research in the Sciences (PEERS) and Santa Monica College/UCLA Science Research Initiative (SMC/UCLA SRI).