Category Archives: Women Scientists

Be A Rock-Star Undergraduate Research Student

Another fantastic, and seemingly irreplaceable, undergraduate research student has graduated this month and will be leaving my lab to go out into the real world. Although, perhaps “irreplaceable” is not the best term since I have been lucky enough to

Avoiding the 5 dysfunctions of a team in a biomedical research lab

One of the biggest problems with becoming a lab principal investigator (PI) is that we don’t get any of the training that business leaders get about managing the people and resources of our new labs. I am always going on

How justices of the supreme court accidentally just made the biggest argument SUPPORTING affirmative action for university admissions

Pretend one of these justices is instead head of admissions for an elite university. Of course he got there by his single minded hard work and brilliance with help from no one. I am sure his family also rose to

Spotlight: ASBMB Q & A with Charlie Benson, Ph.D.

I enjoyed sharing my career path successes and failures with the member magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Hope it encourages those in training and beyond to keep going! Click here to read the spotlight from

How I Became a Cancer Immunotherapy Researcher

I am a member of the Early Career Scientists committee for the Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC). The committee members were recently asked to “spend a few moments thinking about how we arrived at where we are in

“It’s a balancing act alright”

The problem: “Family formation (marriage and childbirth) is a key factor for the departure from the STEM workforce between Ph.D. receipt and achieving tenure for women in the sciences. Needed progress can take place only through changes in the attitudes,

Nobody Puts a Lady in the Corner

I recently shared my research and current career success at a departmental graduate seminar.   During this type of student-centered seminar, I always describe my experiences at the BEST PLACE EVER to do a post-doc (if you are interested in biomedical

PhD Skills: What it takes to make it as a PhD student.

     Many undergraduate students that I talk to say that they never considered pursuing a career in research because they didn’t think they had what it takes to get a PhD.   Then, when I ask them what they think it