About ABE San Diego
The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an international education program funded by the Amgen Foundation. Additional funding and support for ABE-San Diego are provided by New England BioLabs, EmbiTec MiniOne, the K–12 Strong Workforce Program through San Diego Unified School District, the California CCAP STEM Pathways Academy Grant, Mt. San Jacinto College, and San Diego Miramar College.
San Diego Site Co-Director, Coordinator, and Lead Technician
Lauren E. Shipp, Ph.D.
Lauren oversees the overall program, resource management, scheduling, kit and reagent preparation, and curriculum support. She has a B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. She was a postdoctoral scholar in molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Lauren has published research in cell and developmental biology, toxicology, cell physiology, gene regulation, bioacoustics, and curriculum design. She is a faculty instructor with the Reproductive Oncofertility Science Academy (ROSA) at UC San Diego and the science lead with the ROSA-Teacher sister program. She is also the Science Educator at Biocom Institute, and she delivers lectures and workshops in biotechnology at San Diego Miramar College.
San Diego Site Co-Director
Kimberly Teston, M.B.A.
Kim was the ABE-San Diego co-director from 2017-2018 and is again returning to this role. She supports operations with ABE professional development and outreach activities and serves as the main industry liaison. Additionally, she manages the articulation program between participating ABE schools and SD Miramar College's Biotechnology Certificate Program. She has a B.S in Biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a M.B.A. from San Diego State University. She has spent ten years as a scientist in pharmaceutical R&D, specifically in preclinical research at Pfizer and Amylin Pharmaceuticals. She currently serves as the project lead for a workforce development pipeline project, developing biotechnology career pathways from rising 9th graders to college and beyond.
San Diego Site Co-Director
Karmin provides overall management of the ABE-San Diego site. She also leads industry recruitment and connections and develops relationships with new program partners that will support, enrich and sustain the program. Karmin is the Executive Director of Biocom Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports life science innovation by strengthening the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. She oversees strategies, programs and staff and drive initiatives focused on STEM education and workforce development. Karmin is returning to the ABE-San Diego team after being co-director in 2018.
MSJC Site Coordinator
Nick Reeves, Ph.D.
Nick oversees reservations through Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC). Nick is an Associate Professor of Biosciences at MSJC and holds a PhD in Biology. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he was a postdoctoral scholar in molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.