Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Medical Scientist Training Program

MSTP Women in Science and Medicine

This group was established from input with our female students who meet every-other-month over the lunch hour with on-campus female faculty involved in science and/or clinical endeavors. The goal of this time is to allow a casual atmosphere where faculty members can talk a bit about their professional as well as personal lives and the opportunities and challenges they face that may be unique to women. It is a relaxed interaction and students are encouraged to ask questions.
Women in Science and Medicine Photo 2019
Previous Faculty Speakers

Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Research: Our long-term goal is to understand how small GTPases can be manipulated to enhance cancer treatment.

Karen-Sue Carlson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology and Oncology
The Versiti Blood Research Institute
Research: Her basic and clinical research focus on the bone marrow microenvironment and its impact on normal and leukemic blood cell production.

Beth Drolet, MD
Professor (Dermatology & Pediatrics)
Vice-Chair, Department of Dermatology
Director, Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center
Research: A special interest in birthmarks, PHACE syndrome and infantile hemangiomas and has created a collaborative research infrastructure to improve management of infants with hemangiomas and vascular anomalies.

Veronica H. Flood, MD
Associate Professor
Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology)
Research: Blood Coagulation Disorders, von Willebrand Disease
Appointed Chair 7/2014, Women’s Faculty Council, Medical College of Wisconsin

Iris Kassem, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Pediatric Ophthalmology Service

Laura J. Kopplin, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin

Nicole Lohr, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cardiology
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Marja T. Nevalainen, MD, PhD
Associate Director (Education), Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center
Professor, Department of Pathology
Professor, Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology
Research: Identification of molecular mechanisms by which Stat5 contributes to development of castrate-resistant growth of prostate cancer after androgen-deprivation therapy carried out by new-generation anti-androgens, the mechanisms underlying constitutive Stat5a/b activation in prostate cancer, Stat5a/b promotion of metastatic progression of prostate cancer and Stat5a/b in regulation radiation response of prostate cancer cells.

Janet Rader, MD
Jack A. & Elaine D. Klieger Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research: Early molecular changes and genetic predisposition for cervical cancer.

Tara Sander Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Pediatric Pathology; Medical College of Wisconsin
Scientific Director of Molecular Diagnostics, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Research: Her aim is to work with investigators to identify genetic variations that cause congenital disorders and translate these discoveries to the clinic for the development of diagnostic tests for the pediatric population.

Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery-Cardiothoracic Pediatrics, BBC
Research: The development and application of high-throughput methodologies and technologies for identifying inherited risk factors of cardiac diseases.

They give us a chance to discuss topics that are uniquely relevant to women in a comfortable small group setting, and to get advice from a variety of successful women scientists on campus on those topics.

The lunches with women faculty really help show us different career paths for women in research. More importantly to me, they give us ideas for different strategies for having a family with such a demanding career. I think this is especially helpful because it's on a lot of our minds. It also gives us a support system to talk about some of the issues with fitting in family planning with the long road of our program and following training.

It is nice to hear words of wisdom from female faculty who have gone down the same path and succeeded in their journey.