Salk Women & Science
The March 24th Salk Women & Science celebratory event sponsored by BioMed Realty was an enormous success! It was our most attended program to date, with well over 175 guests.
From left: Sarah Alonzo, Kim Emerson, Sharon Bowes, Nicole Lamb, Kim Witmer, Jenny Saghatelian, Marsha Chandler
The event kicked off with Dress for Success San Diego, an organization committed to providing job preparation services to low-income women striving for self-sufficiency.
We were thrilled by the outpouring of donations:
Hanging items = 280
Shoes = 31 pairs
Purses = 36
Accessories / Toiletries / Jewelry = 100+ pieces
Amy Rommel, PhD, a research associate in Professor Inder Verma's laboratory of genetics, gave an inspiring talk about her research efforts on one of the most lethal forms of cancer, glioblastoma. She proposes novel strategies to treat glioblastoma to change the game on how we treat cancer.
From left: Clodagh O'Shea, Emily Hatch, and Amy Rommel
We exceeded the fundraising goal of $100,000 for the 2015 Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative. A special thank you for the generous lead gifts goes to Lynne Rosenthal and Patti Silver of the Leo S. Guthman Fund who created the Salk Women & Science Challenge in memory of renowned English scientist Rosalind Franklin; Elizabeth Keadle; and Carol and John Gallagher of the Gallagher Charitable Fund. We also extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the awards initiative fund.
Congratulations to Emily and Christina!
Emily Hatch was named the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient of the Salk Women & Science Award for 2015. Emily is a research associate in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory of Martin Hetzer.
Christina Chang was named the inaugural Graduate Student Fellowship Recipient of the Salk Women & Science Award for 2015. Christina is a graduate student in the Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis of Ye Zheng.
We are happy to report that we have received the first lead gift for 2016 for the Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative from Joanne Chory, director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute, "In honor of the 111 women in PBIO-C who enriched my life over the past 27 years." In the nearly three decades that Chory has been mentoring young scientists, 44% of the individuals have been women!
The Salk Women & Science program is making great strides toward awareness of the need for more women and other underrepresented groups to fully participate in science innovation. We hope you are energized by the opportunity to learn about the latest scientific breakthroughs and engage on a regular basis with our women scientists.
By supporting this program you will encourage more young women to pursue science as a career, assist in mentoring those already in the field and support the work of scientists on the brink of major achievements. Your continued support plays a vital role in ensuring these women receive the funding they need to further their research. Our goal is to showcase the contributions of brilliant women scientists and encourage and empower more women to embrace scientific research as a focus of their personal interest and philanthropy.
Please consider becoming part of our mission by making a contribution to the Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative. Your contribution will help provide the resources our scientists need to accelerate the pace of discovery into clinical settings to benefit you and your loved ones.
Thank you for your support and for being an integral part of Salk Women & Science!
For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth (Betsy) Reis
Director of Donor Relations
Phone: 858 453-4100 ext. 1426
About Women & Science
The vision of Salk Women & Science is to create an ongoing program that will engage women in the community with leaders in biological science and technology. The program is designed to provide a dynamic and vibrant forum in which community and business leaders and Salk’s women of science have an opportunity to gather as friends, entrepreneurs and researchers to discuss the latest discoveries in science and technology while inspiring more women to embrace scientific research as a focus of personal and philanthropic interest.
The Salk Women & Science program is making great strides toward awareness of the need for more women and other underrepresented groups to fully participate in science innovation. By supporting this program you will encourage more young women to pursue science as a career, assist in mentoring those already in the field and support the work of scientists on the brink of major achievements. Our goal is to showcase the contributions of brilliant women scientists and encourage and empower more women to embrace scientific research as a focus of their personal interest and philanthropy. The funds raised from our Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative, launched this past October, will provide special awards to female scientists conducting high-risk research projects. To date we have received gifts totaling $60,000, including five very generous lead gifts from Elizabeth Keadle, Carol and John Gallagher/Gallagher Charitable Fund, Lyn Nelson, Hoyle Cohen Women’s Practice and Lynne Rosenthal and Patti Silver/Leo S. Guthman Fund. We are more than halfway to reaching our goal of $100K!
We are pleased to announce a NEW Women & Science Challenge! Lynne Rosenthal and Patti Silver/Leo S. Guthman Fund have just created a $25,000 challenge grant in memory of renowned English scientist Rosalind Franklin to fund the Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative. They will match every dollar, up to $25,000, donated to the Initiative.
Please consider becoming part of our mission by making a contribution to the Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative. Your contribution will help provide the resources our scientists need to accelerate the pace of discovery into clinical settings to benefit you and your loved ones. Click here to donate»
Nicola J. Allen
Janelle S. Ayres
Beverly M. Emerson
Katherine A. Jones
Julie A. Law
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Reis
Director of Donor Relations
Phone: 858 453-4100 ext. 1426
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Salk Women & Science presentation on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hosted by Professor Clodagh O’Shea and featuring a scientific presentation by:
Amy Rommel, PhD
Reprogramming Cancer Cells – A Novel Approach to Cancer Treatment
Amy Rommel is a postdoctoral research associate in Professor Inder Verma's laboratory of genetics. Rommel focuses her efforts on one of the most lethal forms of cancer, glioblastoma. Her current work proposes novel strategies to treat glioblastoma, changing the game on how we treat cancer.
Salk Women & Science presentation on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Hosted by Professor Ursula Bellugi and featuring a scientific presentation by:
Carol Marchetto, PhD
Using human pluripotent stem cells to model autism spectrum disorders - Carol Marchetto
Carol Marchetto is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Laboratory of Dr. Fred Gage at The Salk Institute. Carol is involved in understanding the mechanisms by which human pluripotent stem cells become a fully developed functional neuron. Moreover, Carol is currently studying the behavior of different subtypes of human neurons in neurodegenerative/neurodevelopmental diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are complex neurodevelopmental diseases, highly heritable and mainly characterized by deficits in social interaction, impaired communication and stereotyped behaviors. Currently, there are no early biological markers of ASD, nor known effective treatments that lead to optimal long-term clinical outcome. Using Rett syndrome (RTT) as an ASD genetic model, Carol and colleagues demonstrated that studying developing neurons from ASD patients provided further understanding of early aspects of the disease that could be used as biomarkers for early diagnosis and also as targets for potential therapies.
Cold viruses point the way to new cancer therapies - Clodagh O'Shea
Adenovirus, a type of cold virus, has developed molecular tools—proteins—that allow it to hijack a cell's molecular machinery, including large cellular machines involved in growth, replication and cancer suppression. The Salk scientists identified the construction of these molecular weapons and found that they bind together into long chains (polymers) to form a three-dimensional web inside cells that traps and overpowers cellular sentries involved in growth and cancer suppression. The findings, published October 11 in Cell, suggest a new avenue for developing cancer therapies by mimicking the strategies employed by the viruses. Read more>>
Nicola Allen is a neuroscientist, but she doesn’t focus on the superstar of the brain, the neuron. Rather, she studies astrocytes, star-shaped cells once thought to be “filler,” but recently shown to be crucial to brain function–the producer, director, stage designer and supporting cast to the neurons.
These mysterious brain cells have only recently edged into the field of neurobiology as a viable research area and they have significant potential for helping to understand neurodevelopmental and degenerative diseases like autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. These prolific cells are, Allen says, a major player in the brain, despite their longtime obscurity. read more »
Amy Firth doesn't believe in leaving well enough alone. She has an affinity for demanding sports–she’s competed in two Ironman triathlons and a 50-kilometer trail run, and she trained for the six-day TransRockies Run that took place earlier this month, a 120-mile trail race through the mountains of Colorado. And that’s not to mention the high-level horse competitions that were her passion when she was younger. read more »
Dinorah "Dino" Friedmann-Morvinski is a telenovelawatching, cake-baking mother of three who also happens to be working on a cure for brain cancer. Morvinski, a postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute, shrugs off her stereotype-busting life. "I'm just normal," she says. Despite her disclaimer, quite a few people find her ability to juggle competing demands on her time extraordinary. "I'm amazed that anyone with three young children can be so focused and energetic," says her mentor, Salk professor Inder Verma. read more »
Charisse Crenshaw studied gymnastics as a child before switching to ballet and jazz, ran track in high school, and as a graduate student led her Harvard laboratory volleyball team to such heights that they moved up an entire competitive bracket. But that's just for starters. She also practices yoga, is a classical soprano, a fashion model and active in her church. All that on top of being a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Salk plant biochemist Joseph P. Noel. read more »
At first blush, Carol Marchetto's passions—yoga, dance and cell culture—seem an odd mix. But the more time one spends with her, the more it makes sense. All three activities require focus, energy and grace, traits that she exudes.
A highly experienced and successful laboratory scientist, Marchetto finds herself in a period of transition in her career, still committed to hands-on laboratory work but also exploring new and unfamiliar directions in her research and learning to communicate her work to the world outside her lab. read more »
Eirini Kaiserli Captivated by biology in high school, Kaiserli was determined to pursue a career in research. Although Kos is renowned as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician credited as the first person to believe that diseases had natural causes rather than stemming from acts of the gods or other superstitions, it boasts a population of only 30,000, and opportunities for a research career were limited, to say the least. But her intrepid spirit prevailed, and she left home to attend the University of Glasgow. read more »
Professor Joanne Chory A self-described "late bloomer," Joanne Chory has become one of the world's leading plant biologists, driven by the prospect of creating a better world for her family and children around the globe. Chory, professor and director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has led the field of plant biology for more than 20 years, making major discoveries in how plants grow and develop. This past summer, she added more hardware to her collection of awards after being elected a foreign member of the Royal Society in London—the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. read more »
For years scientists have been working to re-engineer the human adenovirus, which in its normal state causes acute respiratory distress syndrome, as a potential tool to wipe out cancerous tumors. Clodagh O'Shea, assistant professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, is at the forefront of this bold technology. Her lab has developed a new generation of the engineered adenovirus to more effectively seek out and burst cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells intact. But her lab's story doesn't end there. She and her team are also working in parallel on novel, multi-pronged strategies ranging from arming her tumor-seeking viruses with toxic proteins, to re-engineering their outer "coat" so they can home in on tissue-specific targets. read more »
Assistant professor Tatyana Sharpee is among the newest faculty members at the Institute. Since joining Salk in 2007, she has been recognized with several prestigious research awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the McKnight Scholar Award and named a Searle Scholar – honors that are reserved for scientists who have demonstrated innovative research early in their careers with the potential for making significant contributions to biological research. An authority on information theory, Sharpee's team uses a statistical method she developed to decipher how the brain codes and processes information from natural visual stimuli. read more »