Elinne Becket, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and Faculty Director of Innovation at California State University San Marcos
Dr. Elinne Becket is an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and Faculty Director of Innovation at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Dr. Becket received a BS in Biochemistry from UCLA in 2008 and completed her PhD in 2012 in the UCLA Jeffrey H. Miller laboratory as a Whitcome Fellow, focusing on elucidating molecular pathways involved in spontaneous and drug-induced mutagenesis in Escherichia coli. She went on to do postdoctoral research as an AP Giannini Fellow in the Peter Jones laboratory at the University of Southern California (USC), developing assays to uncover epigenomic drivers in clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Dr. Becket then became an Assay Development Scientist at Zymo Research Corporation where she led research teams developing epigenomic diagnostic assays, before returning to academia to pursue her calling in teaching and mentoring budding scientists. She joined CSUSM in 2018, where she leads an undergraduate-focused laboratory that examines the effects of anthropogenic and stormwater runoff on the evolution of antibiotic resistance in southern California coastal microbiomes. Drawing on her varied experiences, Dr. Becket is committed to connecting first generation STEM students with industry mentors and role models to diversify and strengthen our life science community.