Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Ph.D.
Director, Science AllianceThe New York Academy of Sciences
Dr. Yaihara Fortis Santiago is the director of the Science Alliance, the professional development branch of the New York Academy of Sciences. Yaihara develops and implements innovative workshops and courses that provide early career scientists with a range of soft and business skills that will be essential for all careers. Yaihara also gives seminars on career development and exploration at many of the partner institutions of Science Alliance; and works closely with career development offices and student and postdoc organizations to consolidate resources and implement new ideas for professional development programming. Dr. Fortis Santiago obtained her bachelors’ degree in Biology from University of Puerto Rico and her doctoral degree in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. Her doctoral work focused in studying the role of multisensory integration in taste processing. In 2014, Dr. Fortis Santiago completed the prestigious Science and Technology Policy Fellowship under the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF).