The board is here to serve you, our members.
Meet our current leadership board (biographies appear by clicking on the photos):
Stephanie earned her degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Rutgers University. She spent a year in Dresden, Germany studying spinal cord regeneration in axolotl salamanders before starting her PhD program at The Rockefeller University. She is working in the Jarvis lab to characterize the neural circuits and genetics underlying vocalizations and vocal production learning. Stephanie joined the WISeR community in 2016. She is motivated to support underrepresented groups at Rockefeller, advocating for equitable work environments across campus.
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.
Audrey studied Philosophy and Biochemistry at UPenn, and then completed a MPhil in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is currently a graduate student in the Bargmann lab interested in how early-life environmental stressors influence long term behavior in C. elegans. As a WISeR board member, Audrey hopes to help women scientists thrive at Rockefeller by fostering community and mentorship, coordinating with administration, and organizing training opportunities.
Tien is a graduate student in the Brivanlou-Siggia Lab at Rockefeller. She is studying cell competition in human embryonic stem cells. Tien is very grateful for the support and mentorship that she has received from many people over the years. Thus, she sees being a WISeR board member as an opportunity to give something back, help others, and add value to her community.
Jackie studied Health Science and Chemistry at Wake Forest University and completed her MPH in Global Health at Boston University. She specializes in high molecular weight DNA extraction in Vertebrate Genome Lab, and is interested in how human impact on the environment is contributing climate change, declining species populations, and disease trends. As a board member, Jackie wants to help strengthen WISeR’s presence on campus so that women are informed of the resources that are available to them, and advocate for a more inclusive environment at Rockefeller.
Xue is a graduate student in the Lifton lab. She is interested in understanding the genetic basis of human diseases using genomic approaches, including whole exome and genome sequencing, and RNA-seq. She spent the first 3 years of her Ph.D. at Yale before moving to Rockefeller in May 2018 to finish her training. She has been inspired by the efforts WISeR has made to both enrich the academic environment and improve the everyday lives of female scientists at RU. She hopes to be a part of this effort as a board member.
Andrew Wong is a graduate fellow in Jeremy Rock’s lab investigating the host-pathogen interactions of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Previously, he studied microbiology and immunology as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto. As a WISER board member, he hopes to engage the Rockefeller community in WISER’s activities, and highlight the achievements of women in science at Rockefeller.
Anjali Pandey is currently a research assistant in the Vosshall Lab at Rockefeller and she studied Biochemistry at University of Massachusetts Boston. She is working on creating neuronal activation and inactivation reagents in the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Anjali aims to create an ease of access for the Rockefeller community and allow WISeR’s work to be showcased for everyone.
Additional members with special roles:
Advisor to the Board
Translational Researcher, Physical Therapist, and Public Health Advocate
Sadye Paez, PhD, PT, MSPT, MPH is a translational researcher, physical therapist, and public health advocate. With over 15 years of leadership, service, and strategic development in global health promotion and policy, diversity and inclusion, and psychosocial aspects of wellness and disabilities, Sadye’s advisory role will span across all WISer initiatives.