Verónica A. Segarra

Associate Professor and Endowed Chair Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Verónica Segarra, Ph.D. completed her PhD in Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale. As an undergraduate, she completed a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Chemistry at the University of Miami. From 2015-2022 she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at High Point University (HPU), a private regional college in High Point, NC, where she earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the spring of 2022. From 2020-2022, she served as the Interim Chair of Biology at HPU. She is currently Associate Professor and the Maryland E-Nnovation Endowed Chair in Biological Sciences and Chemistry at Goucher College.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

The Segarra lab studies how cells activate pathways such as autophagy and protein transport in order to survive and respond to different forms of stress. Projects in the lab are driven by undergraduate researchers, and rely on budding yeast as a model organism. Lab members are supported by one-on-one mentoring as they master techniques in the lab and develop unique identities in science and research. Dr. Segarra participates in several funded projects designed to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields, particularly by uniting scientific societies to exchange promising practices and data, and by creating and implementing innovative professional development programming for early-career scientists.

Publications

Dr. Segarras publications are indexed in Pubmed  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=segarra+va 

and Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=o7ng-m0AAAAJ

External Awards, Honors, Grants

2018 High Point University’s Inaugural Innovation and Creativity in Teaching Award.   

This award recognizes an individual who has created a unique body of research using divergent thinking, imagination and risk taking. This awardee also models innovation in the classroom by putting curiosity, problem solving, critical thinking, deep understanding and creative brainstorming at the center of the course curriculum and classroom practice.

Projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF):

Co-Director of the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success (ACCESS; NSF Grant Number 1744098). This project established an alliance of five scientific societies in the life sciences to examine, assess, and disseminate best practices related to the diversification of the STEM workforce.

Principal Investigator of the LED-BIO Research Coordination Network (NSF Grant Number2134725). This project is a collaboration with the American Society for Cell Biology and it focuses on the establishment of a Research Coordination Network focused on finding solutions to persistent cultural challenges in scientific disciplines.

Co-Principal Investigator of ACCESS+ (NSF Grant Number 2017953). This project is a collaboration with the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). The project aims to expand the ACCESS project to include 25+ scientific societies.

Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Co-Principal Investigator of an Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) grant (NIH Grant Number 2R25GM116706-03). This education research project focuses on best practices in STEM workforce diversification. As co-PI, Dr. Segarra leads the Accomplishing Career Transitions program, a capacitation and mentoring program for senior post-docs and junior faculty members.

Academic or Professional Associations

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB)

Dr. Segarra is an elected member of the ASCB Council and the Executive Committee of the Association of Southeastern Biologists.