48th Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Bianca Lepe

Bianca Lepe 'G

Biological Engineering

48th Annual MLK Leadership Award

Bianca Lepe

Bianca Lepe graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in Bioengineering and Business as a Questbridge Scholar. At Caltech, she conducted research in immunology, in synthetic chemistry, and in synthetic biology. She has served on numerous committees at Caltech and was awarded the Caltech Dean’s Cup for 2015. As a 2016 Marshall Scholar, Lepe travelled to the UK, where she earned an MSc in Systems and Synthetic Biology from the University of Edinburgh and an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering from MIT, where she was awarded a University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) Sloan Scholarship. Lepe is a member of the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME), the Graduate Student Council Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee (GSC DIS), the Latinx Graduate Student Association, and the University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM).

"I think bell hooks captures my feelings about leadership in her quote, 'True resistance begins with people confronting pain...and wanting to do something to change it.' I hope to take action every day for equity and justice, and inspire others to do the same."

--Bianca Lepe, February 2022