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Who Run the Lab?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
9:45 am - 2:45 pm

What better way to inspire the next generation of women scientists than to meet working scientists, tour their labs, and learn about their paths to exciting careers? Women in labs from anthropology, neural science, physics, and more opened their doors to NYC high school girls at universities throughout the city, including New York University, Columbia University, and CUNY’s City College. Students had the rare opportunity to experience the work of several prominent scientists as they cycled through the labs to learn about the fields, meet the scientists, and be inspired to follow in their paths.

This program was produced in collaboration with the College of Arts and Science at New York University (NYU) and the Women in Science program (WINS), Columbia University and the City College of New York.

Photograph: Jon Smith


Chiye AokiNeuroscientist

Chiye Aoki majored in biology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She entered the world of neuroscience during those years by participating in research that monitored brain activities of animals undergoing the natural transition from wakefulness to REM sleep to answer the question: Why do we need to sleep?

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Shara BaileyBiological Anthropologist

Shara Bailey is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Human Origins, in the Department of Anthropology at New York University. Bailey’s research focuses on answering questions about human evolution from a dental perspective.

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Jasna BrujicPhysicist

Jasna Brujic is an associate or tenured professor of physics in the Physics Department of New York University. She is one of several core faculty members that comprise the Center for Soft Matter Research. Brujic received her Ph.D. for work on the transmission of stress through particulate matter at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, UK.

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Jane CarltonGeneticist

Jane M. Carlton is director of the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and a biology professor at New York University. She has spent the past 20 years on the faculty of several scientific institutions in the United States, including the genome sequencing center founded by J. Craig Venter.

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Lara K. MahalChemist

Lara K. Mahal is an associate professor of chemistry at New York University. She earned her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. Mahal was a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctral Fellow from 2000-2003 at Sloan-Kettering Institute before starting her first independent position at the University of Texas in Austin.

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Wendy SuzukiNeuroscientist

Wendy Suzuki is a professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University where she studies the effects of physical aerobic exercise on brain function.

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Christine VogelComputational and Structural Biologist

Christine Vogel originally trained as a biochemist in Germany, but moved to Cambridge, England, to obtain her PhD in computational and structural biology with Dr. Cyrus Chothia and Dr. Sarah Teichmann at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology.

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Alexandra ZidovskaPhysicist

Alexandra Zidovska is an assistant professor of physics at the Center for Soft Matter Research in the Physics Department at New York University. She received her Ph.D.from the University of California, Santa Barbara after she completed her undergraduate studies and M.Sc. at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

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