The board is here to serve you, our members.
Meet our current leadership board (biographies appear by clicking on the photos):
Kate is a graduate student in the Simon Lab at Rockefeller working on HIV using microscopy. Science communication is one of her passions and she is constantly looking for ways to connect science and society. Kate is a social media junkie and runs a YouTube series called SimpleBiologist along with having twitter, tumblr, facebook, instagram, and a website. She hopes to use this love of social media to keep WISeR connected.
Margo is a graduate student in Leslie Vosshall’s lab studying mosquito host-seeking behavior. She studied photography at New York University and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art studying Renaissance paint proteomics. As a WISeR board member, Margo hopes to enhance the community and visibility of female scientists.
Sarah Stern completed her PhD. in Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under the mentorship of Cristina Alberini where she studied the role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-II in memory consolidation and enhancement. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Friedman Lab studying higher order neural control of feeding behavior with the goal of understanding how cognitive and emotional factors lead to overeating.
Before joining Rockefeller as a graduate student, Itzel studied potassium channel biophysics at UNAM in Mexico City. She converted to neuroscience and behavior after her first year in the PhD program, and now studies Drosophila spatial navigation in the lab of Gaby Maimon.
Leonora’s scientific interests are related to developmental neurobiology and the mechanisms controlling proliferation and differentiation of progenitor cells. She joined the Laboratory of Social Evolution and Behavior to assist in the organization and maintenance of the lab, as well as to participate in ongoing projects and to develop new experimental strategies. She hopes that as a WISeR board member, she can join the effort to help the amazing female scientist she has met at Rockefeller University, to achieve a successful professional development.
Stephanie studied molecular biology and biochemistry at Rutgers University, spending a year in Germany studying neural stem cells and spinal cord regeneration in axolotl salamanders before joining the graduate program at Rockefeller. She is currently working to characterize a vocal learning-like neural circuit in mice in the Jarvis lab, hoping to functionally enhance such circuits in non-vocal learning species. In joining WISeR, Stephanie plans to develop mentorship within the community and beyond, particularly focusing on connections to scientists who have transitioned to non-academic careers – in business, policy, industry, etc.
Additional members with special roles:
Social Events Coordinator
Graduate Fellow in Nathaniel Heintz's Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Vicky studied neurobiology at the University of Texas at Austin, and is doing her PhD in Nat Heintz’s lab, where she uses a variety of tools to target neuron populations in the neurodegenerative disorder ALS. She joined WISeR in early 2014 and has helped to organize and coordinate many of the WISeR social events, formerly as a board member and now specifically as the social events coordinator.