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Dr. Stacey Kigar
National Capital Chapter (formerly Omicron Chapter)

Dr. Stacey Kigar grew up in the Cincinnati area and received her BA in biology at the University of Chicago. She recently completed her Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in neurodevelopmental sex differences and aberrant epigenetic events predisposing to negative behavioral outcomes. Stacey has recently left the midwest for the east coast to start an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged youth for many years, and is passionate about promoting equality in STEM for all individuals. Stacey has been an active member of GWIS for 5 years, and has benefited immensely from the exceptional network of women in this group. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys playing tennis, finding new music, traveling, playing euchre, and is currently writing a book about the complex issues facing the field of obesity research with her best friend and non-science colleague.  

Dr. Michelle Booze
Eastern South Dakota Chapter (formerly Sigma Delta Chapter)

Michelle is in her third year of her Postdoctoral Fellowship position at Sanford Health in the Children’s Health Research Center. Michelle’s current work focuses on the underlying molecular mechanisms of the premature infant lung disease Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. In addition to scientific efforts, Michelle has a strong belief in the service side of being a scientist and how important it is to keep all children (especially girls) interested in science and educate the public about what we do. Through her local chapter of Sigma Delta, Michelle has participated in numerous science activities with kids of all ages, given presentations to college aged young adults about what it means to be a scientist, and has mentored several young women in high school and at the undergraduate level to help them progress along their career paths. As president of Sigma Delta, she has maintained a wonderful relationship with the local Girl Scouts to organize an annual science camp, organized exhibits for the city wide science festival, and has coordinated volunteers for other science outreach events.


Dr. Amy Belfi
New York City Chapter (formerly Kappa Chapter)
Amy is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychology at New York University. She received her BA in Psychology from St. Olaf College in 2010 and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2015. Her research is broadly situated in the field of cognitive neuroscience and specifically focuses on the neural systems underlying aesthetic experience. During graduate school, Amy founded and was elected President of the GWIS Iota Chi chapter in Iowa City. In 2015-2016, she was Chair of the Public Relations committee, helping to expand the social media presence of GWIS. Amy looks forward to building the GWIS mentoring and outreach programs through her role as Vice President. 



 Past President
 Dr. Laura Havens
 Madison, WI Chapter (formerly Beta Chapter)

Laura was born and raised in Spain and moved to the United States seven years ago to pursue undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She then moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she just earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry studying amine functionalization using visible light photoredox catalyis. Dr. Havens is currently a Sr. Technical Service & Development Specialist at the Dow Chemical Company, where she is part of the Crop Defense team in the Industrial Solutions business. In her free time Laura enjoys exploring her new town with her two puppies and her husband, reading, antiquing, and traveling back to Spain to visit family.

 Recording & Corresponding Secretary
 Dr. Sadiye Rieder
 National Capital Chapter (formerly Omicron Chapter)

Sadiye received a B.A. in Biology from Hanover College, IN in 2004. After working as a medical technologist, she attended graduate school at University of South Carolina, SC where she was trained as an immunologist.  In 2011, Sadiye received her PhD and landed her first post-doc at NIH.  At National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, her research focused on understanding T cell biology.  Currently, she works as a research scientist for MedImmune/AstraZeneca in the area of autoimmune diseases and inflammation. Sadiye is very passionate about empowering women in science, and dedicates her time to help build a better future for young scientists.


 Membership Secretary
 Dr. Laura Arneson
 Minnesota MSP Chapter (formerly Xi Chapter)

Laura is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of biotechnology and the biomedical sciences at Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt, P.A. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from Mayo Clinic in 2007 where she studied Natural Killer cell signaling. After grad school, Laura was a post-doctoral fellow for Mayo Clinic’s technology transfer office and then attended law school at the University of Minnesota. Laura likes to bake, knit, bike, read novels, run, and explore a plethora of geeky things. She has been a member of GWIS since 2012.


Allison Didychuk
 Madison, WI Chapter (formerly Beta Chapter)

Allison grew up in Manitoba (Canada) and attended the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. She triple majored in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she works on an early step in the assembly pathway of the spliceosome. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and biking with her husband. She has been a member of GWIS since 2013.

Dr. Jane Sharer Maier
 Minnesota MSP Chapter (formerly Xi Chapter)

Jane received her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. She worked most of her career in the area of drug metabolism research in the pharmaceutical industry, working for Eli Lilly Co., SmithKline Beecham, and finally the Pharmaceuticals division of 3M. Following the sale of her division from 3M, she has diverged into other interests, including communication of science to the public/science writing and science education.

  Fellowship Coordinator
Dr. Vicky Cattani
Research Triangle Chapter (formerly Rho Tau Chapter)

Vicky grew up in Argentina and did her undergraduate at the University of Buenos Aires, where she majored in Genetics and Evolution. She then moved to the US to attend graduate school at the University of Rochester, where she received her PhD in 2012. For her graduate work, she studied reproductive isolation and meiotic recombination in Drosophila species. Following her PhD, Vicky moved to New York University to do postdoctoral work at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology where she was  a Charles H. Revson Postdoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Sciences studying the evolution of recombination in Caenorhabditis worms. Vicky then continued her southbound migration and is now a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she continues to study the causes and consequences of plastic recombination in worms and flies. Vicky started as a member of the Fellowships Committee in 2013 and has loved serving on the Committee ever since. 



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