Cassie Coleman2012 Co-Deputy Director
Cassie Coleman is fourth year undergraduate majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and minoring in French & Francophone Studies at UCLA. She is serving as deputy director for the university’s InnoWorks chapter.
She attended Southside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas and was actively involved in scholastic and extracurricular activities, including student government and varsity track. Cassie broadened her horizons by studying abroad in Cambridge, England for a summer, focusing on genetics and photography. Finishing off her high school career, she graduated valedictorian of her senior class.
Starting off at UCLA, Cassie became involved in campus life through her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. For the past two years she served as a recruitment counselor during formal fall recruitment where she introduced new female students to the UCLA campus. Additionally, she works in sales at the UCLA Athletic Department. The interpersonal skills that she gained from both positions have translated heavily into her current position on the UCLA InnoWorks team.
She additionally works as an undergraduate student researcher in Dr. Anil Bhushan’s lab where one interest is to understand the specification & maintenance of cellular identity in order to manipulate cell fate. She aims to generate genome wide maps that indicate areas of open chromatin in beta & liver cells in order to determine the epigenetic differences between the two cell types. The results from her project will contribute basic information necessary to make progress towards the generation of personalized beta cells to be used for cellular replacement therapy. Acknowledging her commitment to research, she was awarded the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Scholarship.
Off campus, Cassie has participated in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. When she is not studying for classes, Cassie enjoys reading, running, and traveling to various countries.