Maximizing Access Committee

The mission of the MAC is to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are a priority throughout the society to advance life sciences research and education. The MAC strives to increase the presence, visibility, access and support of historically excluded and marginalized groups by advocating for policies and developing resources to promote more diverse, equitable and inclusive practices.

Sonia C. Flores

Sonia C. Flores

  • Chair, Maximizing Access Committee (2020–2023)
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
Lea Vacca Michel

Lea Vacca Michel

  • Incoming MAC chair (2021-2024)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
Allison C. Augustus–Wallace

Allison C. Augustus–Wallace

  • (2021–2024)
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Vahe Bandarian

Vahe Bandarian

  • (2022-2023)
  • University of Utah
Ruma Banerjee

Ruma Banerjee

  • (2022-2025)
  • University of Michigan
Carlos Castañeda

Carlos Castañeda

  • (2021–2024)
  • Syracuse University
Joseph Chaney

Joseph Chaney

  • (2020–2023)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
Adela Cota–Gomez

Adela Cota–Gomez

  • (2020–2023)
  • University of Colorado Denver
Oluwarotimi Folorunso

Oluwarotimi Folorunso

  • (2022-2025)
  • Harvard Medical School
Kayunta Johnson–Winters

Kayunta Johnson–Winters

  • (2020–2023)
  • University of Texas-Arlington
Yass Kobayashi

Yass Kobayashi

  • (2022-2025)
  • College of St. Scholastica
Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez

  • (2021–2024)
  • Vanderbilt University
Anita Nag

Anita Nag

  • (2022-2025)
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
Alberto Rascón

Alberto Rascón

  • (2021–2024)
  • San José State University
José Arcadio Rodríguez–Martínez

José Arcadio Rodríguez–Martínez

  • (2022-2025)
  • University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
Gustavo Silva

Gustavo Silva

  • (2021–2024)
  • Duke University
Yufeng Wei

Yufeng Wei

  • (2021–2024)
  • New Jersey City University
Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams

  • (2022-2025)
  • Baylor College of Medicine