Before coming to CISAC, Callie completed a PhD in Biology at Stanford University. Their research focused on studying the ecology and evolution of plant-associated microbes. In addition to Callie's lab and field research, they also co-developed community-engaged arts programming for low-income youth in the Greater Bay Area. The work centered on social and environmental justice in bioengineering education.
Despite increasing focus on the US bioeconomy, specific discussions about how to structure a bio future that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion has been largely overlooked. In Callie's research, they will imagine a broader bio future by studying the benefits and challenges of a bioeconomy "for the people" and provide policy recommendations to ensure equity and justice.