Roberto Efrain Diaz, PhD

Title(s)DEIA Program Manager, HDF Comprehensive Cancer Ctr
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-514-6953
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ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-1172-9919 Additional info
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    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAPhD05/2023Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    University of Miami, Coral Gables, FLBachelor of Science05/2017Neuroscience
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    University of California, San Francisco2018  - 2023National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco2019  - 2022Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study
    University of California, San Francisco 2021Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
    University of California, San Francisco 2021TETRAD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Spotlight Award
    University of California, San Francisco 2022Chancellor's Edison T. Uno Award for Public Service
    University of California, San Francisco 2022Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera Excellence in Leadership and Activism Award

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    As a DEIA Program Manager at the University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, I leverage my PhD training in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and my passion for equity and inclusion to drive positive change within the scientific community. With over one year of experience in this role, I examine institutional policies and culture, and develop strategies to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the Cancer Center.

    My interest in DEIA stems from my own experiences as a graduate student researcher and a leader of various initiatives for marginalized learners at UCSF. I have successfully established and coordinated community building, mentorship, and professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds, such as the Native and Indigenous Scientists in Quantitative Biology Symposium, which reached over 200 scientists and secured over $45,000 in funding. I have also contributed to improving equity in graduate admissions, building LGBTQIA+ community, and creating peer mentorship networks. Through these experiences, I have gained valuable skills in event planning, content development, fundraising, communication, and collaboration. My mission is to empower marginalized learners and transform learning environments through creative and collaborative solutions.

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    1. Ten recommendations for hosting a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) journal club. PLoS Comput Biol. 2024 Jun; 20(6):e1012166. Díaz RE, Wankowicz SA. PMID: 38843155; PMCID: PMC11156311.
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    2. Structural characterization of ligand binding and pH-specific enzymatic activity of mouse Acidic Mammalian Chitinase. bioRxiv. 2024 Mar 25. Díaz RE, Ecker AK, Correy GJ, Asthana P, Young ID, Faust B, Thompson MC, Seiple IB, Van Dyken SJ, Locksley RM, Fraser JS. PMID: 37398339; PMCID: PMC10312649.
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    3. Innate type 2 immunity controls hair follicle commensalism by Demodex mites. Immunity. 2022 10 11; 55(10):1891-1908.e12. Ricardo-Gonzalez RR, Kotas ME, O'Leary CE, Singh K, Damsky W, Liao C, Arouge E, Tenvooren I, Marquez DM, Schroeder AW, Cohen JN, Fassett MS, Lee J, Daniel SG, Bittinger K, Díaz RE, Fraser JS, Ali N, Ansel KM, Spitzer MH, Liang HE, Locksley RM. PMID: 36044899; PMCID: PMC9561030.
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    4. Fragment binding to the Nsp3 macrodomain of SARS-CoV-2 identified through crystallographic screening and computational docking. Sci Adv. 2021 04; 7(16). Schuller M, Correy GJ, Gahbauer S, Fearon D, Wu T, Díaz RE, Young ID, Carvalho Martins L, Smith DH, Schulze-Gahmen U, Owens TW, Deshpande I, Merz GE, Thwin AC, Biel JT, Peters JK, Moritz M, Herrera N, Kratochvil HT, QCRG Structural Biology Consortium, Aimon A, Bennett JM, Brandao Neto J, Cohen AE, Dias A, Douangamath A, Dunnett L, Fedorov O, Ferla MP, Fuchs MR, Gorrie-Stone TJ, Holton JM, Johnson MG, Krojer T, Meigs G, Powell AJ, Rack JGM, Rangel VL, Russi S, Skyner RE, Smith CA, Soares AS, Wierman JL, Zhu K, O'Brien P, Jura N, Ashworth A, Irwin JJ, Thompson MC, Gestwicki JE, von Delft F, Shoichet BK, Fraser JS, Ahel I. PMID: 33853786; PMCID: PMC8046379.
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    5. Fragment Binding to the Nsp3 Macrodomain of SARS-CoV-2 Identified Through Crystallographic Screening and Computational Docking. bioRxiv. 2020 Nov 24. Schuller M, Correy GJ, Gahbauer S, Fearon D, Wu T, Díaz RE, Young ID, Martins LC, Smith DH, Schulze-Gahmen U, Owens TW, Deshpande I, Merz GE, Thwin AC, Biel JT, Peters JK, Moritz M, Herrera N, Kratochvil HT, QCRG Structural Biology Consortium, Aimon A, Bennett JM, Neto JB, Cohen AE, Dias A, Douangamath A, Dunnett L, Fedorov O, Ferla MP, Fuchs M, Gorrie-Stone TJ, Holton JM, Johnson MG, Krojer T, Meigs G, Powell AJ, Johannes Gregor Matthias Rack, Rangel VL, Russi S, Skyner RE, Smith CA, Soares AS, Wierman JL, Zhu K, Jura N, Ashworth A, Irwin J, Thompson MC, Gestwicki JE, von Delft F, Shoichet BK, Fraser JS, Ahel I. PMID: 33269349; PMCID: PMC7709169.
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    6. Differences in the chitinolytic activity of mammalian chitinases on soluble and insoluble substrates. Protein Sci. 2020 04; 29(4):966-977. Barad BA, Liu L, Diaz RE, Basilio R, Van Dyken SJ, Locksley RM, Fraser JS. PMID: 31930591; PMCID: PMC7096708.
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    7. Neurological illnesses associated with Florida red tide (Karenia brevis) blooms. Harmful Algae. 2019 02; 82:73-81. Diaz RE, Friedman MA, Jin D, Beet A, Kirkpatrick B, Reich A, Kirkpatrick G, Ullmann SG, Fleming LE, Hoagland P. PMID: 30928012; PMCID: PMC9933543.
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