Alberto I. Roca, PhD

Alberto I. Roca

Dr. Alberto I. Roca is Founder and Executive Director of DiverseScholar, a non-profit that seeks to diversify the workforce in the STEM disciplines, the science communication profession, and the tech industry. Dr. Roca is a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas, who received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His training is in biochemistry, and his current research is in visual bioinformatics to analyze protein families. While conducting postdoctoral research, Dr. Roca created the web portal, founded the Postdoc Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and co-founded the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association. He has been an invited speaker on minority postdoctoral issues at conferences such as the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. He works with trainees directly as a career coach and also connects institutional diversity stakeholders to job candidates especially for tenure-track faculty job searches. Dr. Roca promotes diversity in the tech community by supporting conferences such as Tapia, AlterConf, Latino Startup Alliance, and Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media (LATISM). Through DiverseScholar he is helping to diversify the open source software community by connecting the Outreachy and OpenHatch organizations to coders/scientists of color at the Tapia, SACNAS, and Open Source Bridge conferences. Dr. Roca has received the University of California-Irvine Chancellor’s Living Our Values Award and the SACNAS Presidential Service Award. He has also been a semifinalist for the Echoing Green social entrepreneurship fellowship every year since 2013.

Other Profiles you might like

A headshot of Ellen Sukovich Parrish smiling at the camera in front of a lilac bush

Ellen Sukovich Parrish

Ellen Sukovich Parrish is a Project Scientist and Curriculum Specialist for TeachEngineering. Ellen uses her scientific training and background to help authors develop high-quality, hands-on

Read More »
A photo of Nancy Dallum wearing a tan blazer over a brown shirt and standing under a bridge

Nancy Dallum

Nancy Dallum is a seasoned professional currently serving as the Higher Education Alliance Manager. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of outreach

Read More »
A headshot of Kate France smiling at the camera. She's wearing a red blazer over a black top and standing in front of a white background

Kate France

Kate France is a PharmD candidate at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on the beautiful Duluth campus. She is the founder of Scientists

Read More »
A photo of Joshua Childs smiling at the camera

Joshua Childs

Joshua Childs is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. His research examines the

Read More »
Scroll to Top