Monica Hernandez is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology where she studies the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae B728a which causes brown spot disease in bean leaves. Outside of the lab, Monica is a co-chair on UC Berkeley’s second Plant Genome Engineering Symposium committee as well as a member of the student organization, Beyond Academia. Monica is also interested in increasing involvement of historically underrepresented ethnic groups in the sciences and has spoken twice at UC Berkeley’s Graduate Student Diversity Day. In her free time, Monica enjoys crocheting, hiking, playing the flute, and exploring Berkeley and San Francisco.

Julia Nelsen is a PhD candidate in the department of Comparative Literature, where she studies the connections between modernism and technology in the early 20th century. A co-organizer of Beyond Academia 2017, Julia is dedicated to helping humanities scholars discover new avenues for their skills and talents outside of the tenure-track.

Marina Romani, PhD UC Berkeley, is a film and music researcher, educator, and performer of Western classical music and Afro-Caribbean music. Her doctoral dissertation is titled Between Soundtrack and Performance: Music and History in Italian Film Melodrama, 1940-2010. She has served as Senior Consultant for the academic journal Film Quarterly and she was a member of the judging panel for UN Women’s Global Voices Film Festival in 2016. She has also worked as a managing editor at a Fortune 100 company. She is currently the North America Editor of MusicalCriticism.com and collaborates with the San Francisco Opera as a contributing writer. marinaromani.org 


Christy K. Sheehy received both her BS and MS degrees in Optics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and most recently her PhD in Vision Science from the University of California, Berkeley in December of 2015. Her interests lie in the fields of high-resolution retinal imaging, optical engineering, and retinal eye-tracking. As a postdoctoral scholar now in the Green lab, she plans to study how fixational eye movements in patients with neurodegenerative disease differs from those in normal healthy control subjects. She is passionate about finding ways to use non-invasive retinal imaging technologies as early-stage screening tools for patients of neurodegenerative disease. Additionally, Christy is the Co-founder of a start-up, C. Light Technologies, whose mission is to commercialize the eye-tracking technology she designed and built for her PhD (the TSLO) to use as a future neuro-diagnostic. When she’s not doing research or start-up activities, Christy loves to salsa dance, paddleboard, go camping, and explore new cooking recipes.