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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.

Career 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. 

  • Emmeline Domingo

    Emmeline Domingo

    Associate Director 

    Emmeline “Emme” Domingo (she/her/siya), born and raised in San Diego, California, is the daughter of Philippine immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She began working at UC San Diego in 2014 and has held various roles from academic advising and outreach to program development and management within Student Retention and Success (SRS). She majored in Literary Journalism and Sociology at UC Irvine, where her transformative experiences in student support centers inspired her decision to work in higher education. She earned her M.A. in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, where she learned asset-based and culturally responsive frameworks which inform her approach to supporting scholars.

    As the Associate Director for PATHs, she provides programmatic curriculum development and assessment to ensure the quality and impact of services and resources on academic performance and overall scholar success, as well as assistance and coaching to graduate mentors in mitigating crises and providing appropriate referrals. She also maintains partnerships across the campus in support of underrepresented communities.

    Outside of her role, Emme enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones, especially her partner and three dogs.

  • Anh Mai

    Anh Mai

    Program Manager

    Anh Mai was born and raised in San Diego and is a first generation college graduate. She is an alumnus of UC San Diego and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.As the Program Manager, Anh provides administrative and fiscal support, creates marketing and promotional materials, and coordinates industry and lab opportunities for scholars. On her free time, she enjoys visiting national parks, cooking, and spending time with her Labradoodle, Loki.

  • Anirudhya Yadav

    Anirudhya Yadav

    Program Assistant

    Anirudhya Yadav currently serves the PATHs family as the Program Assistant when he joined in 2024. Born and raised in Dubai, he graduated from UCSD in June 2023 as an international student with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. During his undergrad, he had served as an academic coach for chemistry and formed key relations with several PATHs scholars through his content tutoring sessions and involvement with the PATHs Summer BOOST programs. Prior to his 2024 appointment to PATHs, he worked as an SRA at the Patrick Lab at UCSD. Anirudhya hopes to use his position to foster key relationships with the scholars, staff and stakeholders of the PATHs family, while developing key professional skills and supporting inclusivity and equity throughout campus.

Student Staff

  • Lennice Castro

    Lennice Castro

    Graduate Advocate 

    Lennice Castro, from Norwalk, CA, is a graduate student in the Biological Sciences Program at UCSD with a focus in molecular biology. She is studying how the immune system has evolved "tripwire" defense systems that can sense viral infections by detecting the activity of viral proteases, and how viruses have evolved to counteract these systems. She hopes to contribute to this field by uncovering mechanisms involved in the host-virus evolutionary arms-race. Her ultimate goal is to continue as a scientist conducting research in the realm of host-pathogen interactions and infectious disease. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, she plans to continue her passion for mentoring the next generation of diverse scientists by providing resources to sch, finding research opportunities, and providing moral support. Beyond the PATHS Program, Lennice is a host on the Triplicates Podcast, along with two other first-generation, women of color in STEM, where she hopes to demystify the STEM PhD and share how fun science can be. Lennice’s hobbies include vibing to music (usually R&B and reggaetón), eating at new restaurants, and enjoying the sunny SD beaches.

  • Rayyan Gorashi

    Rayyan Gorashi

    Graduate Advocate

    Rayyan Gorashi, from Los Angeles, California, is a second year PhD student in the Bioengineering Program at UCSD. She works in Dr. Brian Aguado’s lab where she studies sex differences in cardiovascular diseases. In the lab, Rayyan creates models of heart disease using tunable biomaterials to better understand how the sex chromosomes can lead to different disease presentations in males and females. Rayyan hopes to transition from academia to a career in industry or patent law. Outside of the lab, Rayyan fuels her passion for outreach and mentorship through the Bioengineering Graduate Society (BEGS). In BEGS, she serves as Vice President External where she helps manage STEM outreach, connections with local biotech industry networks, and professional development workshops. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, she hopes to continue to provide PATHS Scholars with mentorship in a variety of areas. In her free time, Rayyan enjoys surfing, working out, baking, and video games.

  • Abbey Green

    Abbey Green

    Graduate Advocate 

    Abbey Green, from Traverse City, Michigan, is a PhD student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD. She is broadly interested in the clinical applications of computational neuroscience and machine learning. Currently, she is developing predictive biomarkers to improve diagnostics for Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration. Abbey graduated from Middlebury College in 2020 and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the University of Washington. She then worked at Cajal Neuroscience, gaining research experience in novel therapy development for neurodegeneration. Currently, her academic goal is to gain expertise in the computational realm and apply this to a diverse set of biomedical problems. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, she hopes to help others overcome barriers that she had to overcome herself. She has extensively benefited from programs similar to PATHS on her journey to graduate school and is always excited to share what she has learned along the way. Her hobbies include surfing, volleyball, listening to audiobooks, and hiking.

  • Wilfredo Gabriel Gonzalez Rivera

    Wilfredo Gabriel Gonzalez Rivera

    Graduate Advocate 

    Wilfredo is a first-generation, low-income, underrepresented graduate student born and raised in Vega Baja Puerto Rico, pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering and another Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. His current research, conducted in the precision medicine laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Melissa Gymrek, focuses on combining genetics, genomics, and social science to understand the underlying sources of large health disparities among individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups living in the United States. Ultimately, as a Hispanic/Latinx from Puerto Rico, Wilfredo would like to increase the recognition of the importance of including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in genomic research to improve the accuracy and generalizability of precision medicine for all. One of his favorite quotes created by himself is: “You can make anything happen, As long as you keep yourself centered”. Wilfredo believes research should be done in the right way, with the right integrity and right motives in mind to contribute for a better place to the world. And for fun, Wilfredo likes to travel and explore places with the goal of finding their best coffee shop in the area.

  • Ning Kuo

    Ning Kuo

    Graduate Advocate 

    Ning Kuo, originally from Taiwan, is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences Program at the University of California San Diego. Ning completed her B.S. (Cell and Molecular Biology) and M.S. (Molecular & Integrative Physiology) at the University of Michigan. She has participated in several disease-relevant projects related to liver cancer and rare genetic disorders, including Cushing’s disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency, and porphyria. She also has worked with several experimental models, including zebrafish (Danio rerio), primary mouse hepatocytes, human hepatoma cell lines, and transgenic mice. Her most recent work involved characterization and repurposing of pre-approved or bioactive compounds for the treatment of rare genetic porphyria disorders. As a PATHS Graduate Advocate, she seeks to support passionate scholars pursuing their scientist career. Outside of class and lab, you will most likely find her dancing, experimenting with new recipes, working out, or reading self-help books.

  • Tiffany Yuen

    Tiffany Yuen

    Student Assistant 

    Tiffany Yuen is a third year undergraduate student studying psychology and cognitive behavioral neuroscience at UCSD. She works as a student assistant within the PATHS program and provides administrative support for clerical tasks and event programming.

    Tiffany is a first generation college student born in Monterey Park, CA, and daughter to immigrant parents. She now studies in San Diego with the goal of exploring the clinical and developmental fields within psychology. She hopes to apply her studies in a criminal setting, with the goal of decriminalizing and destigmatizing mental illness and mental health. Holding a minor in ethnic studies, Tiffany is also very passionate in studying the diverse and complex nature of our societies, and the role ethnicity and race plays within them. With this, she hopes to promote cultural and social competency, especially in the practice of law and health care. Outside of her academic and professional life, Tiffany enjoys discovering new food eateries, swimming, and indulging in true crime stories.