Labs, Leaders, Critical Connections Virtual Meeting

Labs, Leaders, Critical Connections, an end-of-year virtual meeting hosted by the Rosalind Franklin Society, will highlight astounding accomplishments of women and minorities in science as well as significant challenges yet to be addressed. GEN Senior Editors Kevin Davies and Julianna LeMieux, alongside experts in the field, will lead exciting, in-depth panel discussions on topics ranging from groundbreaking research to prestigious awards and recognition.

This free event will take place online over two half-days: December 16th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm EST and December 17th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm EST.

Can’t-Miss Sessions Include:

COVID-19 Research: News from the Front
With the whole world watching, critical research in immunology and virology has catapulted to the top of many lab agendas. Many have had to pivot and many are building on a rich inventory of work.

  • Angela Rasmussen, PhD, Columbia Center for Infection & Immunity
  • Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, Yale University

From PhD to CEO
Is the only (or best) avenue for a PhD to remain in academia? Hear from impressive entrepreneurs forging paths as founders and leaders in critical new companies.

  • Molly He, PhD, Element Bioscience
  • Kaja Wasik, PhD, Variant Bio
  • Alice Zhang, PhD, Verge Genomics
  • Rachel Haurwitz, PhD, Caribou Biosciences

Awards: Window or Just Window Dressing?
A priority for RFS has been to guarantee more prestigious awards for women in science. And it’s surely happening! Hear from several of this year’s impressive winners talk about the groundbreaking work and the meaning and value of such acknowledgment.

  • Alexis Komor, PhD, UCSD
  • Emily Leproust, PhD, Twist Bio
  • Ruth Lehmann, PhD, Whitehead Institute
  • Silvi Rouskin, PhD, Whitehead Institute
  • Aviv Regev, PhD, Genentech

How and When to Add Voices
Social media and nontraditional communication is expanding and motivating an ever-expanding base.

  • Alexis Stutzman, Founder, Black in Genetics
  • Raven Baxter, Founder, STEMbassy, Raven the Science Maven

A Worldwide Issue
The restriction of opportunity and recognition for women in science is not new. Nor is it a uniquely American problem.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, PhD
Tony Hyman, PhD, Max Planck Institute






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