Biotech’s Pale Shadow

Board President Dr. Lino Gonzalez and board member Dr. David Burgess talk about stereotype threat, implicit bias, mentorship, and persistence in a detailed look at the lack of diversity in the biotechnology industry by Nature.

“The first time I ever met another American Indian who was a scientist, I was a senior graduate student,” said Dr. Burgess. “And so, like with many underrepresented minorities, there is a question as to whether you fit in. All those feelings of belonging are raised.”

“You don’t always need a role model that has the same ethnic or cultural background,” added Dr. Gonzalez. “You need folks who are willing to mentor anyone, from any background, without implicit biases.”

Read the full article on Nature Biotechnology.


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