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Bridges Scholar Summit
You Can Change the World. We Can Help. Dimensions Sciences presents its 1st Virtual Summit for award presentations, networking, and career development activities. This event is for anyone interested in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Join and support scientists transforming the world through their discoveries and scientific research.

2022 Bridges Scholars completed a successful 12-week scholarship and mentoring program! Congratulations for getting this far! Attendees will vote on 1-min pitches from 2022 Scholars. They are underrepresented scientists from Brazil with a master's degree or higher working without a salary. Their research has global impact in areas such climate change, materials, genomics, and infectious diseases. The program provides scholarships and mentoring for scientists from underrepresented backgrounds who are performing research with practical applications in the life sciences and health sciences and are currently working without monetary compensation.

WIB-sponsored Panel Discussion: “Exploring the Possibilities: How Four Women Leveraged their Doctoral Degrees in the Biomedical Enterprise.” At this event, attendees will be able to hear from four PhD-holding female scientists from historically underrepresented groups on the WIB-sponsored panel discussion “Exploring the Possibilities: How Four Women Leveraged their Doctoral Degrees in the Biomedical Enterprise.” Our speakers will share how their Ph.D. training prepared them for their current roles, their experiences as URM women in STEM, and their advice for other female scientists looking to pursue a biomedical doctorate.

Interpretation Portuguese and English

Meet Scholars: https://ds-bridges.org/meet-our-scholars

WIB-Capital Region Chapter Webpage: https://www.womeninbio.org/general/custom.asp?page=Capital

Dec 12, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gisela Andrea Hernandez
PhD @Women In Bio Panel Discussion
Gisela Andrea Camacho Hernandez, Ph.D. received her B.S. in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry (2011), and her M.S. from the Autonomous University of Baja California (Mexico, 2013). In a joint program between the Autonomous University of Baja California (Mexico) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) she received her Ph.D. (2018). Her dissertation research was directed to the synthesis, pharmacological characterization, and crystallographic studies of a novel non-canonical α-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist. In November 2019, she became a post-doctoral visiting fellow at the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, where her primary research is focused on design, synthesis, and pharmacological characterization of novel fluorescent ligands targeting the monoamine transporters and cleavable probes for fluorescent labeling of the µ-opioid receptor.
Maria Carranza
PhD @Women In Bio Panel
Maria Carranza, Ph.D. is a program officer specializing in training and career development in the Division of Extramural Activities at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Carranza serves as the primary point of contact for policies, goals, and processes related to NIA’s individual and institutional training and career development funding opportunities. She manages a variety of programs including Diversity, Re-Entry and Re-integration, and Continuity and Retention Supplements. After 12 years as a university professor, she joined the National Science Foundation where she worked with NSF INCLUDES, a comprehensive, national initiative to broaden participation in STEM fields at scale. Dr. Carranza earned a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Baylor University, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.
Sarah F. Phillips
PhD @Women In Bio Panel
Sarah F. Phillips, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery at Georgetown University. She is a Black and Asian-American neurolinguist who investigates the neural bases for how we acquire and process languages from a bilingual perspective. Despite being early in her career, her research has already received global attention, including being interviewed for NPR's ShortWave podcast and featured in Scientific American.
Shakeria (Shay) Cohen
PhD @Women In Bio Panel
Shakeria (Shay) Cohen, Ph.D., is a Health Science Officer in the Office of Research & Development, Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development. She assists in managing the military exposure, pulmonology, and preclinical mental health and behavioral sciences portfolios. Dr. Cohen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina located in Columbia, SC. She completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine, located in Atlanta, GA, where she investigated biomarkers for the early detection of serous ovarian tumors. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship and Masters’s degree in clinical research from the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her research project sought to identify factors that contribute to disproportionate rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a subpopulation of African Americans/Blacks promoting risk or resilience of CVD.