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  President
 Dr. Amy Belfi
 New York City Chapter (formerly Kappa Chapter)
 E-mail: belfi@gwis.org
Amy Belfi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa, and completed postdoctoral training at New York University.  Her research focuses on the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying aesthetic experience, most specifically focused on music. She uses a variety of techniques to explore how we experience music, as well as poetry and visual arts, including functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and neuropsychological studies of patient populations. In addition to her scientific work, Amy has served as the Founding President of the GWIS Iowa City Chapter (2014-2015), the GWIS National Public Relations committee chair (2015-2016, 2017-2018), and GWIS National Vice President (2016-2017).
  
  President-elect
 Dr. Gina Moreno
 New York City Chapter (formerly Kappa Chapter)
 Email: moreno@gwis.org
Gina Moreno is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Originally from Houston, Texas, Gina graduated with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2015. She was then a post-doctoral fellow in the Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity at New York University in the Department of Psychology. Her research investigates how decision making changes across the lifespan, how stress may modify the relationship between decision making and aging, and the underlying neural mechanisms related to these processes. Gina is currently involved in various diversity initiatives and is dedicated to promoting women in science. Gina has been involved with GWIS for many years at both the local chapter and national level. Previously, Gina served as National Liaison and founding member of the GWIS Iowa City chapter (2014-2015) and Connect Committee Co-chair (2016-2017). Gina is currently serving as a national at-large representative (2014-present) and the vice president.
  
   Vice-President
 Dr. Allison Didychuk
 Madison, WI Chapter (formerly Beta Chapter)
 E-mail: didychuk@gwis.org
Allison Didychuk is a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Britt Glaunsinger. Originally from Canada, she received her B.S. from University of Jamestown (North Dakota) in 2012 and received her Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2017. Her research focuses on how human oncogenic viruses hijack gene expression using molecular mimicry. She has been a member of GWIS since 2013 and previously served as National Treasurer from 2016-2018. She is currently serving as the chair of the Development Committee.


  Past President
Dr. Michelle Booze
Eastern South Dakota Chapter (formerly Sigma Delta Chapter)
E-mail: booze@gwis.org

Dr. Michelle Booze is New England born and raised, but has spent the last decade in South Dakota. She received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of New Hampshire. Michelle received her Ph.D. in Reproductive Endrocrinology from the University of South Dakota. In October 2017, she completed a three year post-doc and moved on to a clinical lab position. Michelle is now an embryologist at South Dakota's only fertility clinic.

Michelle has a strong belief in the service side of being a scientist and how important it is to engage the public in all things science. Through her local chapter, Eastern South Dakota, Michelle has organized numerous science-based 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 the undergraduate level to help them progress along their career paths.

Michelle and her Husband and Toddler live on a lake in the middle of the country where she enjoys gardening, fishing, and long walks taking in the South Dakota sunset

 
 
 Recording & Corresponding Secretary
 Dr. Aayushi Uberoi
 
 E-mail: uberoi@gwis.org
Aayushi is originally from India and moved to the United States for Graduate school. She completed her PhD studying papillomaviruses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Lambert. Aayushi is now starting a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Grice at University of Pennsylvania to explore the skin microbiome. Broadly Aayushi’s research is geared towards understanding how host biology contributes towards skin diseases. During graduate school, she was a HHMI teaching fellow and developed inquiry-based courses for freshman undergraduate students. She also collaborated with WINSTEP-Forward to develop a short-term summer course for visiting undergraduate scholars visiting the U.S. to conduct summer research. During graduate school, Aayushi was a part of the Beta-chapter at UW-Madison and is now a part of the international chapter. She is passionate about advancing the careers of women worldwide and looks forward to creating opportunities for GWIS members.


Treasurer
Megan Dowdle

 E-mail: dowdle@gwis.org
Megan Dowdle is currently a 5th Year Graduate Student in the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her graduate work has been focused on an RNA-binding protein called Bicaudal-C which functions as a translational repressor. She has been a member of GWIS since 2015. In the Madison Chapter, Megan has served as President (2017-Present), Vice President (2016-2017), and Social Media Coordinator (2015-2016).

 
 Editor
Dr. Jane Sharer Maier
 Minnesota MSP Chapter (formerly Xi Chapter)
 Email: jsmaier@gwis.org

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.

 

 

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