Dr. Maninder “Mini” Kahlon
Maninder “Mini” Kahlon is Chief Information Officer of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She leads communication, collaboration and technology activities at UCSF and for the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) National Consortium of 46 medical research institutions and the National Institute of Health (NIH).
She was previously Director of Innovation at Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) where she assessed the constantly changing face of technology to enhance LPFI’s work in bringing greater equity in work and education.
Prior to joining LPFI, she worked with some of the nation’s leading neuroscientists to catalyze collaboration in scientific research at UCSF. She also managed research and product development in software and telecommunications start-up companies.
In her spare time, she has led volunteer organizations both in conveying social issues through performance art as well as grassroots activism around hate violence and immigrant rights. Kahlon is often invited to speak, especially on the intersections of neuroscience, technology, and social change. She has been featured in Business Week, Oakland Tribune, Asia Week, Pacifica Radio, and India West. A finalist for the Society of Neuroscience’s Donald B. Lindsley prize in behavioral neuroscience, she received her PhD in neuroscience from UCSF, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.