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Renowned Mexican-American Biologist to Speak at CSUSM

Press Release | By Eric Breier

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, an acclaimed molecular biologist, executive and diversity advocate, presents “From the Mexican Revolution to Biological Revolutions: My Life in Science” on Thursday, March 30 at Cal State San Marcos.

The event is part of CSUSM’s spring Arts & Lectures series and is being held in conjunction with a week of activities to mark the 20th anniversary of CSUSM’s César E. Chávez Statue.

Villa-Komaroff was the third Mexican-American woman in the United States to get a doctorate in science and was a key member of the team that showed for the first time that bacteria could be induced to produce insulin. She is also one of six women scientists featured in the PBS series “Discovering Women,” one of 11 women scientists profiled on the White House Office of Science and Technology website and a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

All attendees must purchase or reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website. The event is co-sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, CSUSM’s Office of Diversity, Educational Equity and Inclusion & Ombuds, OTRES and the San Marcos Foundation.


What: Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a renowned molecular biologist, executive and diversity advocate, presents “From the Mexican Revolution to Biological Revolutions: My Life in Science”

When: Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: University Student Union Ballroom, California State University San Marcos

Cost: Free for CSUSM students; $6 for CSUSM faculty, staff and alumni; $12 for community members

Parking: For driving directions, campus map and parking fees, visit the CSUSM Parking Guide.

Tickets and information: Visit the Arts & Lectures website or click here to purchase tickets.


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 27-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 15,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.