COMMERCIALIZATION CONVERSATIONS with TLA Leadership and Michael Johnson, PhD

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:00

Why are there such large disconnects between the numbers of women and people of color doing academic research and the percentages of those groups engaged in commercialization? What do those disparities look like and how can we begin to address them?

Guest Panelist: Michael D.L. Johnson, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Immunobiology
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute
Michael Johnson received his bachelors from Duke University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For his postdoctoral training, he went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2016, and in 2019 published "Hiring of Underrepresented Minority Assistant Professors in Medical School Basic Science Departments Has a Long Way To Go."
"As biomedical sciences departments have grown, a simple question to ask is who has filled those positions? When I look around at other researh intensive situations, I don not really see a lot of people who look like me peering back." 
-Michael Johnson, Ph.D.

Join Dr. Johnson and our Tech Launch Arizona panelists for an open discussion.

  • Doug Hockstad, Assistant Vice President (Moderator)
  • Rakhi Gibbons, Director of Licensing
  • Bruce Burgess, Director of New Ventures

Submit your questions ahead of time, or ask your questions for our panelists live during our Zoom conversation.


Event Contacts: 
Aileen Dingus
Marketing and Events Coordinator | NSF I-Corps Site Program Manager