Building a community of supportive networks for the development, retention, and promotion of women in the sciences.
We believe women in the sciences includes any person identifying as a woman who works, studies, or aspires to be in a science-related field.
We create programming that is focused on professional and personal development, cross-career mentoring, networking, community building, and outreach and education.
We promote healthy and productive environments for identifying and addressing issues specific to women in the sciences, encouraging dialogue that highlights and embraces diversity across all scientific careers.
We offer support and real-life guidance for navigating a balanced scientific career path and provide a platform for women to learn from one another’s experiences.
We foster creative and critical thinking to positively influence policies related to women and to science.
We engage younger generations to increase awareness of opportunities for female scientists and provide role models to increase visibility of women in STEM-related fields.
We expect participants in our events to be respectful to our community and follow our code of conduct.
Who We Are
All of our activities are developed and planned by our dedicated group of volunteer board members and steering committee members. We are always looking for motivated people from the greater Portland area, especially if you have specific programming ideas you would like to propose. A great way to learn more about how to get involved or pitch your ideas is to attend one of our steering committee meetings. Our monthly meetings are open to all, please reach out if you would like more information.
Allison is a post-doctoral fellow in the Neurology department at OHSU. In her research she uses in vivo cranial window imaging and fluorescently tagged preformed alpha-synuclein fibrils to study the progression of protein aggregation in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. She has a background as a speech-language pathologist, and her ultimate goal is to use her knowledge of clinical issues, animal behavior, and the cranial sensorimotor system to further characterize the synuclein-based transgenic animal models of Parkinson’s disease currently studied in her lab. She is excited to bring her previous experience volunteering for the American Parkinson Disease Association to WIS. She hopes to build the WIS fundraising efforts to support the excellent programing that is currently available and to create new programs to further serve the WIS community.
Jolanda is a post-doctoral research fellow at the department of Neurology at OHSU and uses Drosophila melanogaster to study how glial cells remodel synapse structure in the healthy adult brain and in an Alzheimer’s fly model. She is very excited to be part of this inspirational and creative team that educates, guides, motivates, and supports women in scientific careers. Find her on LinkedIn.
Laura is the Associate Director of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Department and Title IX Coordinator at OHSU, Laura leads OHSUs initial efforts to improve the campus climate, ensure we have additional resources in place for students, faculty and staff who are affected by sexual harassment, discrimination or violence, and implement policies and practices that are prompt, equitable and comply with Title IX. Laura is interested in supporting women in STEM fields and is excited to join WIS to promote that mission.
Astrid works in strategy and market access at Datamonitor Healthcare where she provides in-depth analysis of commercial and clinical attractiveness of various pharmaceutical products in the seven global major markets. Prior to this, she spent a year in Eastern Africa as part of the new opportunities team charged with identifying promising medical technologies appropriate for low-income countries and limited resource settings. Astrid has a BS in biology and an MSc in engineering and entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame. Having grown up in Portland, she participated in Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) and Apprenticeship in Science and Engineering (ASE) and is eagerly looking forward to take on mentorship roles for young women in science. In her spare time, Astrid loves to do yoga, read books on women empowerment, spend time with her dog Riley, and to travel the world.
Danielle Robinson is a 2016 Mozilla Fellow for Science with PhD in Neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University. She is an experienced scientist, community builder, and technical communicator. She is passionate about applying the philosophy of open source software development to scientific research to improve efficiency and research reproducibility. Danielle received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and has a strong record of leadership, mentorship, and policy work. She is a founding member of Women in Science Portland and OHSU BioData Club and has collaborated on projects including Science Hack Day Portland, Open Insight PDX, Mozilla’s Working Open Workshop, and Radian Data. Read more about Danielle at www.daniellecrobinson.com and find her on twitter @daniellecrobins and @wispdx.
Daphne graduated from New York University with a Master’s of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Management from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She currently works as an Alliance Manager at the Technology Transfer and Business Development office at OHSU, where she supports the capital raising efforts for OHSU’s startup companies, including creating opportunities with internal and external funding resources and performing outreach to the local and regional investor/venture community. She is excited to join Women in Science as the fundraising chair to support the group’s effort in raising money for their events and programming.
Education & Outreach Chair
Ruth Barrett works in the world of medical policy and has a background in neurobiology and molecular biology. She earned her Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of California, Irvine, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at OHSU in 2017. Ruth’s goal as Outreach Coordinator is to bring the enthusiasm of the WIS community to young scientists and the general Portland community and to support and encourage the interest of girls and young women in science.
Professional Development Chair
Trish is an Alliance Manager in the Technology Transfer & Business Development (TTBD) Department at OHSU. She earned her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from OHSU in 2010 and then worked on a business development team at a mid-sized Portland business before returning to OHSU in TTBD. Trish is passionate about career development for graduate students, post docs, and scientists early in their careers. Her goal is to create as many high-quality networking opportunities as possible.
Lilli Klug is a PhD candidate in the Cancer Biology program. She studies novel therapy targets for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Heinrich. During graduate school she has been an officer on the graduate student organization and a student representative for the OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association. She grew up in Minneapolis and went to Colorado State for her Bachelors in biology. She enjoys doing art and yoga, cooking and bouldering with her husband, and snuggling her bitty cat.
Steering committee members
Abby is an Alliance Manager in OHSU’s Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD) office. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Kansas in 2012 and came to OHSU in 2013 for a postdoc in neuroimmunology. As the Diversity Coordinator for WIS, she is the main liaison between Women in Science and the diversity/inclusion offices in Portland universities. Abby’s goal is to provide support and resources for women of all backgrounds in science, focusing on underrepresented minorities in STEM. Abby also participates in OHSU Pride, Oregon Bioscience Association and is on the OHSU SoM Alumni Council.
Negotiation Bootcamp Coordinator
Kateri is a scientific publications writer at Providence Health & Services in Portland, where she gets to learn about cool clinical projects, wrangle data, and help clinicians write manuscripts. Her goal within the Women in Science group is to bring awareness to issues that are specifically faced by women in STEM professions, such as work/life balance, non-biased career advancement, and negotiation skills. She runs the negotiation bootcamp series and is a big believer in strengths-based career development.
Lilly Winfree, Ph.D. – WIS founding member
Lilly is a Science and Data Analyst for the Monarch Initiative, where she works to integrate biological data from diverse species and sources with a goal of rare disease diagnosis. She completed her PhD in neuroscience from OHSU in 2016. As WIS News Coordinator, Lilly publishes the monthly newsletter, answers emails from the community, and helps maintain WIS social media accounts. Lilly’s goal in WIS is to help foster a community of support for all science lovers. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Peer Mentor Group Coordinator
Sarah is the Operations and Programs Officer at the Otradi Bioscience incubator. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Brandeis University in 2014 and has been working at the intersection of academia and industry over the past two years. Sarah is invested in promoting women in STEM and in exploring how peer support can best be harnessed to help women in the sciences achieve their career development goals.
Ashley is the Events, Education, & Marketing Coordinator for the Oregon Bioscience Association. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley in 2013, where she studied how signaling pathways modulate stem cell behavior. She has a passion for engineering and looks to expand WIS into industry and engage Portland women engineers. Outside of WIS Portland, you can also find her volunteering at the Featured and Chemistry exhibits at OMSI! Find her on LinkedIn.
Daniela is a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University. Before coming to Portland, she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Milan and a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience at the University of Trieste. In her doctoral work she explores how attention and effort affect sound representation in the auditory midbrain. Daniela is an open science advocate, passionate about research and making scientific output available to everyone to advance knowledge and improve transparency. She is excited to be part of the fundraising committee where she hopes to contribute to the growth of WIS PDX as a non-profit organization by strengthening existing programming and supporting new ones. Find her on Twitter and on LinkedIn.
OHSU Resources Coordinator
Jackie is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs and Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at Oregon Health & Science University. She might just have the best job in the world – helping students succeed during their tenure in graduate school, and helping them become successful scientific professionals after graduation.
Steering Committee Alum
Biliana was a PhD student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU, studying the genetic mechanisms underlying cortical patterning. She established the Portland AWIS group as a national AWIS affiliate and worked to bring awareness of issues facing women in STEM to state and national government. She then became a postdoctoral researcher studying the genetic bases of myelination and myelin repair. She is now a Medical Science Liaison in the multiple sclerosis field with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Anacker is now flourishing at her postdoctoral position in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Grisham is now a Postdoctoral Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center.
Dr. Harding is now teaching at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland.
Dr. Maxson is now enjoying her postdoctoral fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle.
Kayly is a fifth year graduate student in the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. She researches the mechanism by which down-regulation of a type II voltage gated calcium channel causes loss of motor function in a TDP-43 loss-of-function ALS model. As the student coordinator of WIS, her first responsibility is to represent WIS to larger student governing bodies on campus, including the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and All-Hill Council. Kayly’s goal for the group is to provide programming and opportunities for students and post-docs, by students and post-docs on issues we think are most relevant to our professional and personal growth and development in science. Science is life!
Check out Kayly’s Student Speak blog!
Caroline served as secretary and negotiation leader in WIS while a post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral Neuroscience department at OHSU. She developed and led a Negotiation Boot Camp involving training in negotiation techniques for women in STEM careers in the greater Portland area, which continues to be a major component of WIS programming. Dr. Hostetler is now a medical science liaison for Allergan, based in Sacramento, California. Visit her on LinkedIn!
Anke is a Research Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at OHSU where she uses electron microscopy to solve the structures of breast cancer signaling complexes. She completed her PhD in Biophysics at The Scripps Research Institute in 2010, spent 2 years working in Biotech, and then transplanted to Portland and back to academia. Anke is interested in development of leadership and networking skills for women in all walks of science.
Maria graduated from the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU studying glial responses to axonal injury. She is very passionate about communicating science to the general public and especially getting more women involved/supported in science. She is sad to leave her position as Marketing and Promotion Coordinator at WIS PDX, as she moves to Memphis TN to commence her studies as a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.