Women Scientists in Action

In our NIH Updates on Women in Science (NUWS), we often profile successful, early-career women scientists. These profiles include background information, research descriptions, accomplishments, and insights on mentoring, work/life balance, professional development, and the experience of being a woman in science.

Julie Brittain, Ph.D., a junior faculty member in the Departments of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), is an interdisciplinary scientist whose research focuses on helping people with sickle cell anemia through a better understanding of the mechanism of the disease. Full Profile »

Cherié Butts, Ph.D., is a researcher and reviewer within the Division of Therapeutic Proteins of the Office of Biotechnology Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation & Research at the US Food & Drug Administration whose scientific interests include understanding how factors secreted in the tumor microenvironment modify immune cell activity and contribute to development of endocrine and other cancers. Full Profile »

Tara M. Chaplin, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the role of gender and emotion regulation in the development of psychopathology and substance abuse in at-risk children and adolescents. Full Profile »

Clarisa Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E., balances clinical work with research in reproductive aging, the menopausal transition, and oncofertility. She is particularly interested in fertility preservation for cancer patients and maximizing fertility potential for cancer survivors. In addition to studying the effect of cancer treatments on future fertility, her research team optimizes experimental protocols for oocyte and ovarian tissue cryopreservation that can allow pediatric and young adult cancer patients to maintain options for future fertility as they approach cancer treatment. Full Profile »

Jennifer Stine Elam, Ph.D., Managing Director of the Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research (cWIDR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, is helping to develop interdisciplinary research programs, collaborations, activities, and community outreach around the study of infectious diseases that affect women and their families. Full Profile »

Angela Kashuba, PharmD, is a rising star in the HIV research world. A full professor of pharmacy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy, she works closely with a team of 25 researchers and clinicians to study antiretroviral medications used in the treatment and prevention of HIV infection. Full Profile »

Catherine K. Kuo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University, is pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to research with the long-term goal of developing tissue regeneration strategies that translate from bench to bedside, to help improve quality of life for patients that suffer from challenging orthopedic injuries and incurable diseases such as arthritis. Full Profile »

Suzanne O’Neill, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Cancer Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Center at Georgetown University. She is a behavioral scientist and licensed clinical psychologist who studies decision-making and health behavior relevant to cancer prevention and control. Full Profile »

Nancy Pandhi, M.D., M.P.H., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is carrying out research directed towards redesign of outpatient health care to improve the health outcomes for older adults. Full Profile »

Yardena Samuels, Ph.D., a tenure track investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in the NIH Intramural Research Program, uses high-throughput approaches and whole-genome genotyping to identify novel gene mutations in order to deliver on the promises made during human genome sequencing efforts by connecting the base pairs of the Human Genome Project to the bedside of those afflicted with cancer and genetic diseases. Full Profile »



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This page last updated: October 2, 2012