Science Slam Chair
Bisrat has a degree in Bioengineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering. As an engineer, she was responsible for developing medical devices like stents, pacemakers, and implantable drug pumps. Currently, she heads a consulting firm providing med tech companies strategic expertise in the development and implementation of clinical research trials.
She has a daughter in 4th grade at WWC and another daughter who is a 7th grader at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) STEM school.
Past Chair/Volunteer Coordinator/Tech
Mary received her BS in Psychobiology at UCLA and completed her Nuclear Medicine Technology internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is currently an Associate Chief Nuclear Medicine and MRI Technologist at the UCLA Brain Mapping Center. Mary's daughters are in 1st and 4th grade at WWC.
Ashley received her BA in Psychology from UCSB and her MA in Secondary Education from LMU. She is an 8th grade math teacher in Santa Monica and has two small science experiments/daughters at WWC, in 1st and 4th grade. Ashley is excited to apply her vast knowledge of snacks to the snack bar (6 years of restaurant management experience paying off) and to insert formulas into excel spreadsheets to balance the books (3 years at 20th TV as a financial analyst .) She also has a newly developed inferiority complex after reading the bios of the other Science Slam Committee Members.
Pooja Nawathe MD, FAAP, FCCM, CHSE-A, CHSOS is a Pediatric Critical Care physician by background. She finished her fellowship at Columbia University, New York, then worked as a junior faculty at Columbia University.
She is presently the Associate Director of the Congenital Cardiac ICU at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Medical Director of Simulation, Department of Pediatrics. She has a 6th grader- Vihaan and a 4th grader- Ayra.
Experiment Coordinator/Rocket Launch
Carlos has a degree in Economics from UC Irvine and is a licensed commercial Drone pilot and unmanned vehicle researcher. He received his flight and aeronautical training from the US Air Force as an officer, the FAA Wings program, and with other organizations such as NASA and the various government agencies. Carlos also has experience working for lab testing companies and is a certified gemologist.
He has a daughter in 3rd grade at WWC who aspires to become a geologist and/or a veterinarian. Carlos and his daughter spent most of the pandemic doing difficult science experiments in search of new ways to use geological materials. Carlos and his daughter also firmly adhere to the NASA 8 step Engineering Design Process.
Stacey attended dental school in South Florida and completed her dental residency at UCLA. She currently practices dentistry in Beverly Hills with her husband. At home, Stacey loves to read, draw, and do science experiments with her kids!
Stacey has a first grader at Westwood Charter.
Gislâine received her PhD in Cellular Immunology from the University of São Paulo, in São Paulo, Brazil
and did her postdoctoral training in Molecular Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Columbia University, NYC.
Gislâine is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Science and Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an Associate Professor-in-residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.
Gislâine’s son is in Kindergarten at WWC.
Aaron Nazarian received his degree, in Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics from UCLA. Aaron is currently Senior Scientist in Therapeutic Discovery at Amgen, where he conducts research to discover new therapeutic candidates. Aaron’s son Elan is in 1st grade at WWC.