Dr. Sean Patrick Grogan

Shawn Patrick Grogan, PhD is a senior Research Scientist at the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education (SCORE) at Scripps Clinic, California. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Grogan has co-ordinated many multi-disciplinary teams focused on osteoarthritis and cell-based tissue engineering of cartilage and meniscus tissue using and developing a variety of technologies including bioreactors, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Dr. Grogan hopes to translate research efforts toward clinical application in humans. As part of SCORE's education mandate, Dr. Grogan provides ongoing training and mentoring support to numerous high school students, undergraduate students, medical interns (local and international) and has successfully supported Master and PhD candidates. Dr. Grogan received his PhD in Animal stress and Physiology at the 

University of Western Sydney-Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia (2000). He then was a Postdoctoral scientist at University of Bern, Switzerland (2000-2004) and at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla California (2005-2008) before joining the SCORE team (2009). He enjoys reading science fiction, traveling and spending time with his wife and two children. 

Betsy Rajala

Betsy Rajala is a Program Director at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, joining the staff in 2018. She helps to create and manage the many programs and workshops held at CASBS, including Understanding the iGeneration, Impact Evaluation Design Lab, and Rethinking the Social Sciences. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Minnesota and is currently completing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Lisa Eyler

Lisa Eyler, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and a Clinical Research Psychologist in the VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center.  Her research focuses on cognitive, biological, and brain aging and development including in the context of serious mental illness and autism. She is a steering member of the Center for Healthy Aging and founding faculty of the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, both of which are inter-disciplinary, cross-campus efforts that include contributors from humanities and social science as well as physical and biological sciences and engineering.  Dr. Eyler is also an active member of the UCSD Research Ethics Program and a member of the Connected and Open Research Ethics Network.  She leads the UCSD Department of Psychiatry’s Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues and mentors faculty and students at all levels, with an emphasis on mentorship of aspiring 

scientists from under-represented minority groups.  Outside of work, Dr. Eyler serves as a Girl Scout troop leader, an advisor for her sorority’s chapter at UCSD, and a steering committee member for the Clairemont Coalition on Homelessness. She likes to dance, ski, travel, and watch musical theater with her husband and two daughters.

Dr. Clifford Colwell

Clifford W. Colwell Jr., MD, is medical director of the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California and holds the Donald and Darlene Shiley Chair in Orthopaedic Research.  Dr. Colwell is clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; and adjunct clinical professor, Department of Basic Science and Clinical Research at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).  He was chief of the Orthopaedic Division at Scripps Clinic, Director of the Lower Extremity Reconstruction Fellowship Program, and for 25 years was team physician for the San Diego Padres. Dr. Colwell received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and an internship and one year of general surgery residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He did his orthopaedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York 

City and completed a trauma fellowship at Los Angeles County Hospital.  He served in the military as an orthopaedic surgeon at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas from 1968–1970, during the Vietnam conflict. He lives in La Jolla, California with his wife Carolyn of fifty-three years and has three children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Roberto Herai

Roberto H. Herai has a major in Computer Science (State University of Ponta Grossa-UEPG, Brazil), a Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering (State University of Campinas-UNICAMP, Brazil), PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology (State University of Campinas-UNICAMP, Brazil), a Posdoctoral in Microorganisms (State University of Campinas-UNICAMP, Brazil), and Posdoctoral in Cellular and Molecuar Medicine (University of California San Diego-UCSD, USA). Dr. Herai worked as a Research Associate at UC San 

Diego (Medical School), and is currently a Principal Investigator at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR, Brazil). His current research fields include neurogenetics and Austism Spectrum Disorders/Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. Herai is also part of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for international genetic data normatives, and of The Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT). Dr. Herai is also the co-founder of Tismoo Biotech Company, a startup for genetic analysis and diagnosis of neurological disorders.