About Us – Meet Our Staff

Helen Yin

Helen Yin, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for the Office of Women’s Careers

Dr. Yin obtained her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Harvard University. She was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and joined UT Southwestern in 1989 as Professor of Physiology. Dr. Yin is Vice Chair of Physiology and holds the Peter and Jean D. Dehlinger Professorship in Biomedical Science. She is the Director of the Howard Hughes Med into Grad "Mechanisms of Disease & Translational Science" Ph.D. Track at the Southwestern Graduate School, and the Co-Director of the Education and Career Development Program in the UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine. Dr. Yin was a founding member of the Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC) in 1995. In 2012, Dr. Yin joined FDD to launch the Office of Women’s Careers.  

Christina Ahn, Ph.D.

Christina E. Ahn, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Faculty Diversity & Development and Office of Women’s Careers

Dr. Ahn earned her B.A. from Austin College and a Ph.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University. After her postdoctoral research training at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Ahn transitioned into science administration and managed biomedical graduate education programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2007-2008. In 2008, Dr. Ahn moved back to Duke where she had multiple roles. These included research administration, management of a large cardiology research group, and directing the Chancellor’s Clinical Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (CCHAMP) for faculty. In 2013 Dr. Ahn joined UT Southwestern as the Director of the FDD and Office of Women’s Careers.  

kaylen-hempel

Kaylen Thompson
Administrative Associate

Kaylen attended Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla., and is currently pursuing a degree in Paralegal Studies. She has worked in multiple industries, where she gained substantial administrative experience. Kaylen enjoys helping others and is committed to being a dynamic resource for the Office of Women’s Careers and the broader UT Southwestern community. She provides fiscal management and oversight for various career development programs and coordinates leadership training initiatives aimed at UT Southwestern women.