LA Biostart Staff
Jose A. Gomez, Ph.D.
Jose A. Gomez is the chair of the LA BioSpace. He leads the university's initiatives to develop a strong regional ecosystem for bioscience innovation, entrepreneurship, and business creation. He oversees design, development and execution of LA BioSpace. He is responsible for leading strategic partnerships between the university and business, government, and community stakeholders while creating educational opportunities for students. He has helped secure funding from L.A. County and the U.S. Economic Development Administration to support LA BioSpace and the LA BioStart Bootcamp.
Howard Xu, Ph.D.
Howard Xu is the director for incubator development and programming. He directs and works with key bioscience stakeholders to successfully run the LA BioStart Bootcamp. He helps oversee the university's initiatives in promoting a strong bioscience innovation ecosystem. He was honored with California State University (CSU) system-wide 2011 Andreoli Faculty Service Award and 2018 Faculty Research Award by CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology). He has also helped secure funding from L.A. County and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Zuhey Espinoza is the deputy director for policy. She facilitates program implementation of LA BioSpace and the LA BioStart Bootcamp by closely working with local, state and federal partners. She oversees operations for programming, design and construction. In this capacity, she helped secure federal funding for the construction and development of LA BioSpace.
Cloe Zimmerman is the project assistant for the LA BioSpace and the LA BioStart Bootcamp. She organizes logistics and coordinates day-to-day operations for the program. Her background is in psychology, biotechnology, and management.
Jillian Beck is the news writer and multimedia content producer. She produces news articles, visualizations and other original content for LA BioSpace and LA BioStart. She also develops social media messaging and collaborates with strategic partners to promote regional bioscience initiatives.
Edward Kitaoka is the webmaster. He oversees creation and design of webpages for LA BioSpace and the LA BioStart Bootcamp. He collaborates with photographers, graphic designers and coders to maintain and upgrade webpages.
Jocelyn Y. Stewart
Jocelyn Y. Stewart is the director for communications. She oversees marketing and publicity for LA BioSpace and the LA BioStart Bootcamp, including news releases, photography, social media messaging and communications with partner organizations. She also directs content creation for the LA BioSpace and LA BioStart websites.