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Salk Women & Science continues to gain momentum

Janelle Ayres (left)

More than 100 female business and community leaders gathered at Salk on March 5 for a Women & Science event featuring a talk by Janelle Ayres, of the Nomis Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis. Ayres’ talk, “Good bugs vs. bad bugs: Using the intestinal microbiota to treat infectious diseases,” was an overview of her research into the defense strategies that enable a host to survive when interacting with microbes, and she explained how understanding these mechanisms can lead to new treatments for infectious and inflammatory disease.

Salk chief operating officer and executive vice president Marsha Chandler welcomed guests to the event, and Greg Lemke, a professor in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory and holder of the Françoise Gilot-Salk Chair, introduced Ayres’ talk.

Salk Women & Science was launched in July 2012 to engage the community in biological science and technology and ultimately support the advancement of women in science. Three Women & Science events are offered annually, as well as small private dinners hosted by female faculty. The next event will take place in October. For more information about Women & Science, visit