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Episode 10 - Adriana Bankston

Season 1, Ep. 10

In this episode Danni is talking to Dr. Adriana Bankston, a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California. Adriana talks about her interesting journey that started with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology and her decision to shift to policy and advocacy. Adriana talks about the importance of ensuring mental support in academia, providing young researchers and scientists with practical tools to advance their careers, and leaving your field of research. During this long-distance interview Danni drank Amaretto and Adriana drank her morning coffee.


Dr. Adriana Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations (UC FGR). In this role, Dr. Bankston serves as an advocate for UC with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. Prior to this position, Dr. Bankston was a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), where she provided staff support for special and on-going projects, including SfN’s annual lobby event and the society’s annual meeting.


Dr. Bankston earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University, and her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.


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