March is National Women’s History Month, and in tribute to this month’s theme, the National Research Mentoring Network highlights the incredible work of women scientists whose leadership has contributed to advancing science in remarkable ways, both in history and today.
Leaders from Among NRMN’s Members
Michelle T. Juarez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Medical Professor at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. She received her BS from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, completing training in both plant and animal developmental genetics. Read her story about her mentoring experience with NRMN’s Guided Virtual Mentorships platform on the STEM and Culture Chronicle, an online community brought to you by NRMN’s partner SACNAS.
Crystal Lee, Ph.D. is a proud Navajo Tribe member and Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. As part of her mission to utilize culture to improve population health, specifically among Native American populations, she leverages her mentorship experiences in NRMN “to learn research skills to continue to conduct research among Native communities that will integrate Native culture and worldviews with Western public health practices to ultimately increase health status and improve tribal policy.”
Angela Byars-Winston, Ph.D. serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board of Higher Education and Workforce. In February led a Participatory Workshop at the Academy on Effective Mentoring in STEMM: practice, research, and future directions. She is one of the architects of NRMN’s Culturally Aware Mentoring curriculum developed through NRMN’s Mentor Training Core, which is slated to officially launch later this year.
Meldra Hall, MPH is Research Assistant for the NRMN Research Resources and Outreach Core, which supports the entry of new scholars across NIMHD funded RCMI institutions, and engages the leadership across the Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) and partnering Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) to sustain interest from scholars, cultivate master trainers, and expand NRMN’s portfolio of new training grants.
Meldra is shown here presenting results arising out of the NRMN RROC at a scientific poster session at the 2017 Understanding Interventions conference.
Pioneering Leaders in History
Gerty Radnitz, Ph.D. won a Nobel Prize in 1947 for her contributions to discovering the course of the body’s catalytic conversion of glycerin. Her work focused heavily on determining how the body utilizes and processes energy, and has been foundational to this area of research ever since.
Barbara McClintock, Ph.D. won a 1983 Nobel Prize Winner for her work resulting in the discovery of mobile genetic elements. By studying genetics traits across generations of organisms, she identified that certain genetic elements can change position along a chromosome and affect whether certain other genes express as active of inactive in the individual.