Celebrating STEM Pride with ASCB

Come join ASCB in commemorating Pride Month as we delve into the rich history of STEM Pride. Our journey begins with the inception of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP), known today as Out to Innovate. Together, we’ll reflect on the past and envision the future, tracing the evolution towards equality in both our professional endeavors and personal lives. We’ll explore where we’ve come from,  where we stand today,  and how we can all play a part in helping the LGBTQ+ STEM community.


Rochelle (Shelley) Diamond, Chair Emerita, Out to Innovate

Rochelle ‘Shelley’ Diamond is a Member of the Professional Staff at the California Institute of Technology. She is the lab manager (42 years) and researcher for Dr. Ellen Rothenberg’s developmental immunology group at Caltech. Rochelle’s primary research focus since coming to Caltech has been on early murine T-cell differentiation. Using flow cytometry and cell sorting to investigate developmental states and lineages in these T-cell populations, she has authored over 25 publications in scientific journals. She offers guidance to all lab members, troubleshoots experimental protocols, and oversees instrumentation. She is the safety officer for the Rothenberg Group. She also manages the day-to-day budgets and ordering and conducts all lab business pertaining to the institute and outside vendors and consultants. She is also facility director emerita and consultant for Caltech’s Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting Facility (40 years), that services various university divisions.

Prior to her arrival at Caltech, Rochelle was a researcher at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, City of Hope Research Institute, and UCLA. She has owned and operated a prototype scientific instrumentation company and helped to build and operate protein sequenators for the City of Hope Research Institute. She was a member of the City of Hope/Genentech research team that cloned the human gene for insulin in 1978. Rochelle is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and chair emerita of Out to Innovate formerly known as the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. She is a member of the International Society for Analytical Cytology, American Chemical Society, and an active participant on the Purdue Cytometry On-Line forum. She has received numerous awards for her LGBTQ+ diversity work. She has been listed in ‘Who’s Who in Science and Engineering’ and ‘Who’s Who of American Women’. Recent web archive interviews are the Caltech Heritage Archives interview with David Zierler and the Outwords interview. Professional publications include co-editor of the professional text In Living Color: Protocols in Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting (Springer, 2000). “Separation and enrichment of cell populations by centrifugal elutriation”, Methods Vol 2, Issue 3, June 1991.


Bruno da Rocha-Azevedo, Senior Manager, Cell Culture Operations , Eikon Therapeutics
Bruno Da Rocha-Azevedo is the co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Committee and works as a Senior Manager at Eikon Therapeutics, a drug discovery company located in Hayward, CA. He was the founding member of ASCB’s LGBTQ+ Task Force, a member of ASCB’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce and a past COMPASS co-chair (2015-2016).


Starts: June 20, 2024 1:00 pm ET

Ends: June 20, 2024 2:00 pm ET

Cost: $0 for ASCB Members; $0 for Non-members