Room: B-106

Phone: (619) 388-5135


Hours of Operation:

Mon: 8am - 5pm

Tue: 8am - 5pm

Wed: 8am - 5pm

Thurs: 7am - 5pm
Fri: 7am - 2pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed



(updated fall 2019)


Location: B-106

Phone: (619) 388-5135


Taya Lazootin
Innovation Research Lab Coordinator

Jazmin Nunez

Innovation Research Lab Assistant


Seth Cardin

Innovation Research Lab Assistant


Nelson Zaragoza

Innovation Research Lab Assistant

program management

Leticia López
HSI Grants Program Manager
(619) 388-2353, LRC-461

Ikuko McAnally
Administrative Technician 
(619) 388-5974, LRC-462


Fabiola M. Beas
Project Assistant
(619) 388-5034, LRC-463 


Maya Ceramics

Innovation Research Lab (IRL)


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The Innovation lab aims to empower our diverse student population to obtain their academic goals by providing educational access, support, inclusion, and lifelong learning opportunities at San Diego Mesa College. As a community college research center, we promote student success by linking faculty with student mentees to develop exciting research ideas, encourage scholarship, and nurture scientific identity. As faculty, we believe that research experience is extremely fundamental for academic achievement and we welcome all students regardless of age, gender, or social and cultural background.


Our vision is to be a leading community college with a comprehensive program structured around the understanding of scientific investigation by engaging students in research initiatives.

Strategic direction and Purpose:

  • Teach ethics and responsible conduct in research
  • Engage in problem solving based learning
  • Foster science identity and inclusion of all students
  • Participate in scientific article readings and journal club
  • Teach students the ability to analyze data and interpret results
  • Train students to present their research at mini-symposia and professional societies

Overarching goal:

The goal of our center is to enhance and enrich student learning at Mesa College. Our program provides a creative and inclusive scientific environment where positive research experiences allow under-represented students to feel welcomed so that they become STEM majors at San Diego Mesa College.

Scientific Domain:

Psychology, Biology, Genetics, Archaeology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geographic Information Systems, Engineering


What's happening?

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