Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Ph.D.

Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs OfficeMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Yaihara is the manager of the Postdoctoral Office at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Previously, she served as the director of the Science Alliance, the professional development branch of the New York Academy of Sciences. During her time at the Academy she developed and implemented over 50 workshops, seminars and courses that provided early career scientists with a range of skills essential for all science careers. She also participated in several National Forums focused on transforming the Higher Education landscape in the STEM fields including the NIH Career Symposium, the ECOSOC Youth Forum celebrated at the United Nations, and the Falling Walls NY lab, where she served as a judge. In 2016, she conceptualized, designed and implemented the first leadership program in the U.S. focused on STEM PhD students. The Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) is a weeklong program featuring a curriculum based on a leadership framework and focused on diverse team dynamics, improvisation, effective communication, and the creation of an IDP to achieve professional goals. This framework was supported by two grants in 2017 and there are 83 graduates of the program as of today.
In 2014 she completed the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, where she worked at the National Science Foundation. In her first year she worked under the Directorate for Engineering on programs that transform the frontiers of STEM fields using innovative multidisciplinary approaches and inter-institutional collaborations. In her second year, she worked in the Office of International Science and Engineering on programs that provide international research opportunities for U.S. students, and supported the establishment of cooperation agreements within the Americas region.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a PhD in Neuroscience from Brandeis University.
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