Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Who is Lorena Navarro?

Dr. Lorena Navarro is Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM Program and the Natural Sciences Coordinator and Community College Liaison for the Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC2) Program. Dr. Navarro discovered her passion for research while completing a BS in biological sciences at UC Davis. After graduation, she pursued a PhD in biology at UC San Diego. Upon completion of her postdoctoral studies at the UCSD School of Medicine, she accepted a faculty position at UC Davis in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her research focus was bacterial pathogenesis and host defense. After eight years as an assistant professor, she was interested in transitioning into a position where she could contribute to student advancement and success. She joined Chico State in January 2017. She is a strong proponent of STEM education as well as programs to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue a higher education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, cycling, hiking and working out.

Lorena Navarro