Lena Hileman, Ph.D.

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Lena Hileman, Ph.D. is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (http://hilemanlab.org) and the interim director for the Office for Diversity in Science Training (ODST; http://odst.ku.edu) at the University of Kansas. Lena’s academic research focuses on understanding the genetic basis underlying complex floral traits. Her academic achievements are recognized by honors that include being named a Kavli Fellow (2012-13), an invited participant in a National Evolutionary Synthesis Center working group (2008-10), and multiple invited research seminars at national and international conferences. As interim director of ODST, Lena coordinates the missions of NIH-funded programs that increase participation in research-focused careers of individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM. Lena works with her ODST team to match undergraduate students with research mentors, to develop workshops and courses that facilitate undergraduate student’s successful pursuit of research-focused career paths. Through her ODST leadership role, and in collaboration with KU partners, Lena is committed to fostering an environment where everybody pursuing STEM careers is valued and able to pursue opportunities that contribute to their success. Lena has a strong track-record of training and mentorship of students in ODST programs and received the 2011 ODST mentor recognition award.


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