Elizabeth Rega, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Development & Academic Affairs, Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Dr. Rega is the Associate Vice Provost and a tenured Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, the 4th largest employer in the city of Pomona. One of her many roles at WesternU is fostering professional health career pathways for Pomona youth. She draws upon her extensive teaching and research experience to further science education and parent engagement. Her specialization in human and non-human primate anatomy has led her to be a frequent consultant to the animation industry to inform the development and animation of characters and highlight the history of racial depictions in film, animation, and entertainment.
Dr. Rega led the creation of the Pomona Health Career Ladder program in 2007 with Pomona Unified School District and Cal Poly Pomona, bringing together local students from grades 6-12 and their parents with teachers, professors, physicians and other healthcare professionals, community health workers and graduate health professions students to improve Pomona students’ scientific accomplishment and to explore health professions career pathways. The Health Career Ladders program currently serves over 450 Pomona students and parents.