Kiran Kocherlakota is the Program Manager of Diabetes Research Center at Stanford University (SDRC). She obtained a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Delhi University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University in the field of Cell and Developmental Biology. Since then, she has worked in various laboratories across Stanford University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Her research experience is spread across multiple disciplines and various model organisms. Alongside her benchwork, she grew into increasingly managerial roles over time. In particular, she gained experience in setting up new research centers by helping set up a collaborative culture at Children’s Research Institute (CRI) with appropriate policy decisions. At CRI, she was trained in developing effective strategies and tactics to build an excellent scientific research center.
After almost 20 years at the bench, she has decided to ‘hang up her pipette’ and dive full time into an administrative role. In the role of Program Manager at SDRC, she will continue to leverage her broad technical and administrative experience to foster a collaborative atmosphere conducive for research & development at SDRC.
Yong Jae Chong is the Web Administrator for the Diabetes Research Center at Stanford University. He graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Graphic Design. He has been at Stanford since 2005 and is well-experienced in the academic work environment. He brings a vast knowledge of design and web development skills to Stanford and the SDRC.
Alicia Rydzewski is the Administrative Associate of the Diabetes Research Center at Stanford University (SDRC). She has over seven years administrative experience working with companies such as the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Kaiser Permanente, and the YMCA of Honolulu. Alicia currently holds a master's in Health Education and spends her free time educating her community of the benefits of plant-based eating. In addition to her role with the SDRC, she currently is the Administrative Associate for the Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology, and Metabolism.