It's a wrap!

What a spectacular year this has been! We wanted to put out one last newsletter to capture the celebrations of the past two weeks. On May 24, the juniors met with their mentors for the last time after an enriching seven-month relationship. On May 21 and May 24, the seniors presented their Biomanufacturing capstone project to the staff and younger cohorts. And on the evening of June 5, we held a special graduation ceremony for our seniors at Carlmont's Performing Arts Center. Our hearts are filled with pride! We are also so grateful to the students, the families, and the volunteers who are the fabric of this incredible community.

In this issue

  • Thank you, 2023-2024 Mentors
  • Visiting Alum
  • Biomanufacturing Capstone Projects
  • BTI Graduation Ceremony and Link to Slideshow
  • BTI Graduation Speakers
  • BTI Alumni Scholarship Recipient
  • Alum Siblings
  • Colleges Where Graduates Have Been Accepted
  • BTI Students at Carlmont's Graduation
  • Contact Information

Thank you, Mentors!

Every year, each of our eleventh-grade students is matched with a professional whose career interests them. They build a special relationship over six months and students even shadow them at work one day. Mentors give feedback on students' resumes, help them set goals, and might even go out for coffee or a walk to catch up. We can't thank our mentors enough. They have dedicated a great deal of their time and expertise to making a difference in our students' lives. We are also grateful to our mentor coordinator, Mr. Fabic for finding these fabulous volunteers. Below is a list of the mentors, photos from our end-of-the-year breakfast, and job shadows.

Our Fabulous Mentors

  • Sergio E. Baranzini, University of California San Francisco
  • Patty Carlos, Agnus Inc.
  • Eva Chan, Roche
  • Natasha Chaturvedi, BioVertical Solutions
  • Nicholas Choong, SeaGen
  • Dawn Colburn, Bolt Biotherapeutics
  • Leslie Cruz, Natera
  • Joanne Curley, Vera Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Steve Del Cardayre, Zero Acre Farms
  • Saniya Fayzullina, GRAIL, Inc.
  • Julie Fogarty, Gilead Science, Inc.
  • Jason Gioia, Twist Bioscience
  • Cameron Glick, Stanford Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
  • Karen Grinker, Genentech, Inc.
  • Alyssa Herrera-Set, On the Move Physical Therapy and Pilates
  • Megan Hsi, Zero Acre
  • Jennifer Huber, Prothena Corp
  • Sowmya Jujjuri, Oracle
  • Sandy Kan-Tang, Truebinding?
  • Corwin Kostrub, Mirum Pharmaceuticals
  • Jeffrey Kumer, PerkinElmer Informatics
  • Tony Liang, PTM Therapeutics

Our Fabulous Mentors

  • Kui Liu, Retired from Johnson & Johnson
  • Hesam Movassagh, Genentech
  • Tejaswini Narayanan, Exelixis
  • Yvonne Ngo, Cytokinetics
  • Rachel Padget, Cytokinetics
  • Roshy Pakdaman, Revolution Medicines
  • Rajita Pappu, Genentech
  • Manoj Rodrigo, Cytokinetics
  • Barry Rowland, Gilead
  • Richard Smith, Kite Pharma
  • Dan Spiegelman, Retired, BioMarin
  • Suba Srinivasan, Grail
  • Nathan Stump, Oracle
  • Lakshmi Subramanian, Ideaya Biosciences
  • Roopa Sunku , Oracle
  • Jeff Tepper, Tepper Nonclinical Consulting
  • Martha Lovato Tse, Gilead
  • Michelle Van Ryswyk, Cytokinetics
  • Vishal Verma, Genentech, Inc.
  • Jennifer Yang, JY Consulting LLC.

Photos from the Mentor Breakfast in May

Photos from the Juniors' Job-Shadow Experiences

We couldn't have been more thrilled to have alum, Kate Carlos and Nathan Bish, Class of 2023, pay a visit at the mentor breakfast!

Kate is studying Chemistry at UC Santa Cruz and has been interning at Sutro Biopharma, Inc.

Nathan is triple majoring in Physiology, Political Science, and International Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Both report being far ahead of their peers in their college lab classes thanks to the advanced skills they gained through BTI.

Seniors' Capstone Projects for Biomanufacturing

Last month, BTI seniors presented their capstone Biomanufacturing projects to the tenth and eleventh-grade students and staff. We were all so impressed! Congratulations, graduates, and congratulations, Ms. Burndon who was at the helm of C.A.R.L. (Carlmont Advanced Research Laboratories)!

Graduation Ceremony for the BTI Class of 2024

Congratulations to Daniel and Sam who were selected by the staff to speak at BTI graduation! These two have been dazzling us with dynamic presentations for the past three years. At graduation, we got to see their flair for comedy. We laughed and also got teary as they recounted our collective experiences.

Congratulations to Xavier for being the recipient of the $1500 BTI Alumni Scholarship Award! We are so proud of you, Xavier!

This scholarship celebrates a student who has the unique ability to see the potential at the intersection of science and the humanities. Xavier has proven to be a shining example of the power of interdisciplinary thinking.

Thank you, Ms. Abdilla for creating this slideshow of memories for graduation!

It is always a great compliment when students encourage their younger siblings to apply to the program. Thank you to the parents who had the great idea to capture these two pairs of siblings. Next year, we'll add to the collection!

Andrew (far left), BTI graduate from the Class of '20 just graduated from the University of Arizona and is headed to Stanford this fall to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics—more specifically optics and quantum information sensing. Next to him is his brother, Aidan, Class of '24, who is off to the University of Arizona to study Biomedical Engineering.

Alex (second from right), Class of '24, is off to UC Davis to study Biological Systems Engineering. His sister, Emily (far right), Class of '20, has just graduated from Davis and will stay on there this fall to pursue her Ph.D., also in Biological Systems Engineering.

Universities Where Our Students Were Accepted This Year

University of California:

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

California State Universities

  • CalPoly
  • Chico
  • Fresno
  • Fullerton
  • Humboldt
  • Long Beach
  • Monterey Bay
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernadino
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • San Francisco
  • San Marcos
  • Sonoma

Private and Out-of-State Schools

  • American University
  • Arizona State University-Tempe
  • Beloit College
  • Binghamton University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chapman University
  • Clark University
  • Delaware Valley University
  • Dickinson College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  • Fisher College
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lawrence University
  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Michigan State University
  • Montana State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus
  • Oregon State University
  • Pace University
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Main Campus
  • Pepperdine University
  • Portland State University
  • Reed College
  • Regis University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University-Camden
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • Santa Clara University
  • Seattle University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • George Washington University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Montana
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Whitman College
  • Willamette University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

We already miss you, BTI Class of 2024!

Directors of BTI: Jaime Abdilla at and Susan Gold at

Mentor Coordinator: Oscar Fabic at

Class of 2024 Rep – Lisa Wong –

Class of 2025 Rep – Shirley Chan –

Class of 2026 Reps – Angera Kuo, and Ranjan Ray –,

Class of 2027 Rep – Welcome Nanette Boerner,

BTI/CAF Liaison for the 23-24 & 24-25 school years: Ulla Foehr