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Women in Science: Lab Tours for Girls

Saturday, June 1, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Inside the labs of New York City’s prestigious universities, biologists extract snail venom that can cure human pain. Anthropologists use the latest 3D scanning technology to identify 3,000-year-old fossils. Neuroscientists discover the impact of exercise on the brain and create new vaccines to prevent the flu. No matter what the specialty, these pioneering efforts have one thing in common: they are all happening in labs run by women scientists.

Join the World Science Festival as New York University labs open their doors to the next generation of scientific genius — girls.

This program includes introductory talks from NYU professors, as well as tours of the following labs: Center for the Study of Human Origins, Biomedical Chemistry Institute, NYU Urban Farm Lab, and labs devoted to the study of neuroscience, experimental biophysics, and more.

The event is FREE. Registration is required.

Questions? Email education@worldsciencefestival.com.


Kenya MurrayEpidemiologist

Kenya Murray is the director of Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Currently, she leads the development of a citywide disease surveillance system focused on detecting tracking and enhancing containment of two emerging multi-drug resistant superbugs.

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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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Daniela BucellaChemist

Daniela Buccella is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at New York University. Born and raised in Venezuela, she received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2002 from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, and started research as an undergraduate in the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research under the supervision of Professor Roberto Sánchez-Delgado.

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Moira DillonCognitive Scientist

Moira R. Dillon PhD is an assistant professor of Psychology at New York University and director of the Lab for the Developing Mind at New York University. She is a 2019 recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

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Catherine HartleyNeuroscientist

Catherine Hartley is an assistant professor of Psychology. She holds a PhD in Psychology from New York University and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Her research examines how learning and decision-making change as the brain develops from childhood to adulthood.

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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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Melissa MetrickNYU Urban Farm Lab Manager

Melissa Metrick is a graduate of the master’s program in Food Studies at New York University, where she was instrumental in establishing the NYU Urban Farm Lab, an educational greenspace located right on the university’s campus.

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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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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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