Hi! My name is Mitra Hooshmand, and I am a neuroscientist, educator, entrepreneur, and public speaker. I am passionate about science, advocacy, health, leadership, and importantly, empowering others!
I got my Ph.D. in Neurobiology from UC Irvine and conducted extensive research there for over a decade in the area of spinal cord injury to find a treatment for paralysis. To date, my work has resulted in over 20 peer-reviewed publications in reputable scientific journals and books.
Currently, I serve as the Director of Scientific Programs at Americans for Cures, a non-profit organization with the mission to raise public awareness about the potential of stem cells to treat a variety of chronic diseases. I also teach multiple classes at UCLA.
Having been a competitive swimmer since childhood, I fused my athleticism with my scientific approach and innovated a unique method that blends Vinyasa flow yoga with cardio, Mixx Yoga. In 2014, I opened a studio in Newport Beach, California where I train instructors and teach this style.
My most recent venture, Be Fit Biz, is a corporate wellness consulting firm that uses an evidence-based approach to develop and execute comprehensive corporate wellness programs ranging from employee education to hands-on training.
Today, I share my experiences and struggles with anyone who seeks empowerment. I have given over 100 talks, both nationally and internationally. From science to fitness and nutrition, from mindfulness to entrepreneurship and communication, if it falls in my life sphere, I’ll talk about it passionately and persuasively.