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PATHS Leadership & Staff

The PATHS Program operates within the Office of Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, receiving executive support and guidance from Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt and the EDI team in our collaborative pursuit of improved Inclusive Excellence at UC San Diego.

Professional Staff

  • Dr. Gentry Patrick

    Dr. Gentry Patrick

    Program Creator and Faculty Director 

    Dr. Gentry Patrick is a Professor in the Neurobiology Section of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California at San Diego. His lab studies the role of protein turnover in synaptic plasticity and neurodegenerative disease. He additionally is the Director of Mentorship and Diversity for the Division of Biological Sciences and is the Associate Director of the Neurosciences Graduate Program (NGP) at UC San Diego. Dr. Patrick was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles (where he attended King/Drew Medical Magnet high school in Watts, CA). Dr. Patrick received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999 after working in the laboratory of Dr. Li-Huei Tsai. He was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and a United Negro College Fund/Merck postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Erin Schuman at California Institute of Technology. Dr. Patrick joined the UCSD faculty in 2004.

    Dr. Patrick is dedicated to driving the overall vision for the PATHS Program as a pilot program model for institutional transformation and improved success of underserved students in STEM.

    Dr. Patrick's Leadership Story

  • Guadalupe Cruz

    Guadalupe Cruz


    Guadalupe “Lupe” Cruz joined the team as the new Director of the PATHS Scholars Program.  Lupe is a first-generation college graduate and professional who overcame various obstacles growing up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged home in Los Angeles, CA.  During her time in college, Lupe gained a passion for serving other first-generation students on the path to and through college. 

    Lupe completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained her Master of Arts in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Lupe has over 7 years of professional experience working in higher education, non-profit community based organizations, and in providing counseling support to college students. Prior to UC San Diego, Lupe worked at the KIPP Through College Program in Los Angeles where she supervised the College Success Team that supported over 1,000 first-generation college students on their journey to college completion. As Director of the PATHS Scholars Program, Lupe provides oversight, assessment, and supervision to all aspects of the PATHS Scholars Program including, program development, staff supervision, grant and budget management, partnership representation, and direct support to Scholars. 

  • Daniel Cardenas

    Daniel Cardenas

    Assistant Director

    Daniel Cardenas (he/him/his) is honored to provide day-to-day support to the PATHS program, it’s scholars, their families, as well as campus and community partners. Through his role, Daniel provides programmatic and special event direction, budget and fiscal tracking, curriculum design, and management of the high-touch scholar support that makes our program unique.

    Daniel completed his Master’s in Education at Oregon State University and also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University. He holds over 13 years Student Affairs experience including three years at UCSD’s Raza Resource Centro. In his free time Daniel is a writer and spoken word poet; he loves to push the limits of how expressive art forms, particularly hip-hop, can be used to not only enhance scholar’s understanding of STEM, but also affirm their identity and culture.

  • Anh Mai

    Anh Mai

    Program Coordinator

    Anh Mai was born and raised in San Diego and is a first generation college graduate. As the Program Coordinator, Anh provides administrative and fiscal support, creates marketing and promotional materials, and coordinates event logistics. On her free time, she enjoys visiting national parks, cooking, and traveling.

    Anh is an alumnus of UC San Diego and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2015. Since then, she has worked for various departments on campus including the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization until joining the PATHS Program in early 2019. 

Graduate Advocates

  • Jasmin Revanna

    Jasmin Revanna

    Graduate Advocate

    Jasmin Siri Revanna, from Birmingham, AL, is a graduate student in the Biological Sciences Program at UCSD with a focus in neuroscience. She is studying the role of microglia in schizophrenia and hopes to contribute to this field by uncovering mechanisms driving schizophrenia. Her ultimate goal is to be a medical scientist where she will practice psychiatry, while conducting research in the realm of mental illnesses. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, she plans to continue her passion of mentorship by providing resources to scholars such as CV workshops, finding research opportunities, or even just providing moral support. Beyond the PATHS Program, Jasmin is involved in several organizations at Salk Institute where she hopes to contribute by creating inclusive environments in the field of science. Jasmin’s hobbies include dancing (Bollywood fusion), eating at new restaurants, and taking her dog Enzo to parks. 

  • Norah Al-Azzam

    Norah Al-Azzam

    Graduate Advocate

    Norah Al-Azzam is a San Diego local and a graduate student in the Neurosciences  Ph.D program at UC San Diego. Norah is interested in studying treatment therapies and early-onset detection applications for neurodegenerative diseases. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, Norah meets with scholars on a weekly basis to discuss their academic success and goals, provide moral support, and guide them to on/off campus resources. In addition, she provides them assistance  with researching and applying to competitive research programs/internships and graduate school programs, and presenting at local and national research conferences. At UCSD, Norah is involved with several organizations on campus, including SACNAS where she mentors many SACNAS chapter members through professional development workshops on finding a research lab and undergraduate fellowship opportunities. Norah’s hobbies and interests include hiking,yoga, and painting. 

  • Jervaughn Hunter

    Jervaughn Hunter

    Graduate Advocate

    Jervaughn DeAnthony Hunter, from Port Gibson, MS, is a graduate student in the Bioengineering Ph.D. Program at UC San Diego. His research involves using decellularized extracellular matrix hydrogels and cardiac progenitor cells to treat right ventricular heart failure. His main focus is translational medicine and is dedicated to translating therapeutics from the bench to the clinic. Ultimately, Jervaughn would like to work in the Biotech industry developing new therapies to improve people's lives as well as work with other professionals to advocate for science and promote scientific literacy throughout the world. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, he plans to empower scholars by providing networking opportunities/resources, provide both personal and professional development, and assist scholars with their journey to becoming independent researchers. Jervaughn is also involved in various other organizations on campus, such as the Bioengineering Graduate Society (BEGS) where he serves as Vice President External and sits on several committees. Jervaughn's hobbies include traveling, playing board and video games, watching movies, and participating in outdoor adventures. 

Academic Coaches

  • Jose Franco

    Jose Franco

    Academic Coach

    José G. Franco Rojo is a first generation, Latino/Chicano, undergraduate transfer student studying Mathematics. He works as an academic coach providing support across a variety of lower division and limited upper division math courses. He is on track to pursue a PhD in mathematics and a chance of teaching at the college level.

  • Zoe Li

    Zoe Li

    Academic Coach

    Zoe Li is a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in chemical engineering and psychology. Although she absolutely loves science, she's even more invested in figuring out how to help individual students learn in ways that are effective for them. As an academic coach, she supports students in lower-division physics courses. Zoe hopes to continue her education and obtain a teaching credential/M.Ed so that she can teach secondary school science in the near future!

  • Hsichen Liang

    Hsichen Liang

    Academic Coach

    Hsichen Liang is a second-year Human Biology undergraduate student at Warren College. Hsichen is an academic coach that provides biology support to scholars in the PATHS Program. She loves all the different fields in Biology and her favorite topic is genetics. She plans to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.

  • Immanuel Tjahjadi

    Immanuel Tjahjadi

    Academic Coach

    Immanuel Tjahjadi is a third year undergraduate studying Pharmacological Chemistry and is an Academic Coach for chemistry, specifically, organic chemistry. Being an Indonesian born, first-generation college student, Immanuel enjoys helping others find their place and creating a community from interaction. Immanuel loves seeing students experience their “Eureka!” moment and facilitating academic discussions about the subject at hand. As a hobby, Immanuel enjoys eating delicious food as well as cook, and sometimes he even watches Korean dramas. 

  • Anirudhya Yadav

    Anirudhya Yadav

    Academic Coach

    Anirudhya Yadav is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minor in Chemistry. He supports students with lower-division chemistry courses as an Academic coach. He absolutely loves science and wishes to share his passion for the subject by teaching and helping others understand and appreciate the intricacies of the world of science. He believes learning should be for fun and shouldn't be a tedious task, and that knowledge is the key to happiness. Post-graduation, he hopes to pursue stem cell and gene research.