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Dr. Allison Didychuk
Madison, WI Chapter (formerly Beta Chapter)
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.
Dr. Brooke Long-Fox
Dr. Brooke Long-Fox was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines), with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019. She has a MS in Paleontology from SD Mines and a Bachelors in Geology from Texas Christian University (TCU). Brooke was first introduced to GWIS at the annual meeting in 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD. After this meeting, she helped form the Black Hills chapter, located in Rapid City, SD. She has experience in executive roles as the Vice President of the Black Hills chapter of GWIS, President of the SD Mines student chapter of AWG, and as the President of the SD Mines Graduate Student Society.
Dr. Shu Li

Los Angeles Chapter (formerly State College Chapter)


Shu Li is a scientist and entrepreneur currently building her second biotech startup in Los Angeles. Originally from China, she received her B.S in Biotechnology from Nankai University in 2010. She then came to the States and received her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Before the current company, she alsoco-founded Alpine Roads, a biotech startup using genetically engineered plants to produce animal proteins. Shu became a member of GWIS State College chapter in 2011 and served as co-chair of Voices conference from 2013 to 2015; she also previously served as Honorary Membership Committee Chair at the National GWIS (2018-2020).

  Past President
Dr. Gina Moreno
At Large Chapter

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.

Recording & Corresponding Secretary
Dr. Aayushi Uberoi
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.

Megan Dowdle

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).

Dr. Jane Sharer Maier
Twin Cities, MN

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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