Women in STEM Officers


2021-2022 Officer Board


 

 

Meet the Current Officers


 

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Lauren E. Thompson

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: President & Girl Scout STEM Day Co-Lead
  • Role on campus: Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Candidate
  • Research: I study how to prevent kidney toxicity caused by the common chemotherapeutic cisplatin. I build models that predict an individual patient's risk of kidney injury based on general demographics, genetics, and concomitant medications.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I'm passionate about working to create an inclusive community for all within STEM and I hope to inspire the next generation of diverse scientists through education. I began this work by serving as Co-Lead of Girl Scout STEM Day and have since served as Co-Outreach Coordinator during the 2020-21 school year. I joined WiSTEM to help advance STEM educational opportunities for women/girls in the local community, and I've stayed because I found an incredible, passionate group of people who support me and my ambitions.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Crafting
    2. Hiking
    3. Watching reality television with my cat
  • LinkedIn

 

 

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Kendra Prutton

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Vice President
  • Role on campus: Toxicology PhD Candidate
  • Research: My research seeks to better understand neurogenesis in people with Down syndrome through neural differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? WiSTEM is a positive and inclusive environment where we can subvert stereotypes and share experiences. I believe that the most powerful and effective means of encouraging young women to pursue and succeed in STEM is to lead, represent, and prove. And this campus is the perfect place to do it!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Going to the gym
    2. Hiking
    3. Trying new foods

 

 

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Kathryn Walters

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Secretary & Webmaster
  • Role on campus: Molecular Biology PhD Candidate
  • Research: I research how the RNA binding protein MSI2 controls gene regulation in the context of adrenal steroidogenesis. I use a variety of methods such as large sequencing experiments, computational biology, and basic molecular biology.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I joined WiSTEM to be a part of an organization that is actively making a difference in our community. From reaching out to undergrads to promote science to helping those on campus find a support group and feel comfortable and welcome here, WiSTEM is a group that seeks to be inclusive and supportive of all and I'm so happy to be a part of it.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Zoom dates with friends
    2.  Baking
    3.  Scrapbooking and quilting
  • Twitter

 

 

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Amber Baldwin

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Treasurer
  • Role on campus: Lab Manager/Professional Research Assistant in the RNA Bioscience Initiative
  • Research: I study RNA systems biology and RNA binding proteins in the context of human steroidogenesis and disease.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I have a passion for educating others about science and encouraging younger students to be more involved in STEM.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Gardening
    2. Trying new craft beers
    3. Cooking and baking

 

 

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Karli Swenson

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Campus Outreach Coordinator
  • Role on campus: Integrated Physiology PhD Student
  • Research: I study how marijuana consumption during pregnancy impacts embryonic brain development and postnatal anxiety.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I am in WiSTEM because it is a fun and inclusive community that focuses on issues that are relevant to both me and the greater campus community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Hiking in the mountains
    2. Taking long naps
    3. Relaxing with friends
  • Website
  • Twitter and Instagram: @KarliSwenson

 

 

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Anna Van Keuren

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Educational Outreach Coordinator
  • Role on campus: Structural Biology & Biochemistry PhD Student
  • Research: I study calcium transport in the mitochondria.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I'm in WiSTEM so I can help create positive and supportive experiences for people who are not typically represented in STEM fields.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Rock climbing
    2. Skiing
    3. Practicing the art of making the perfect sandwich

 

 

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Evan J. Morrison

  • Pronouns: he/him
  • WiSTEM position: Allyship Coordinator
  • Role on campus: Molecular Biology PhD Candidate
  • Research: My research explores the molecular rules governing how amino acid usage affects gene expression in human cells. Specifically, I focus on resolving two unanswered questions: (1) How do amino acids encoded at the beginning of the open reading frame impact gene expression? (2) How do amino acid levels alter mRNA stability and protein expression?  Ultimately, answering these questions will allow for better interpretations of disease-causing mutations and, eventually, designing effective mRNA therapeutics.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? Malala Yousafzai once said, "I raise up my voice- not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. ... We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back." As a male, I joined WiSTEM to amplify this crucial message and foster inclusivity, support, and allyship for women and other historically underrepresented groups in STEM.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Read philosophy
    2. Play video games
    3. Long walks

 

 

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Claire H. Levitt

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Social Media/Marketing
  • Role on campus: Bioengineering PhD Student
  • Research: TBD
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? WiSTEM provides an awesome platform to discuss and explore different topics relating to social advances and issues in the scientific community in a way that helps us move towards a more inclusive environment both in and outside of the context of academia! 
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Extreme swimming (scuba diving)
    2. Extreme walking (hiking)
    3. Extreme hiking (climbing)

 

 

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Meg Ferrari

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Mentorship Program Lead
  • Role on campus: Bioengineering PhD Student
  • Research: Cardiovascular predictors for babies born with congenital heart disease.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? Women in STEM provides an excellent platform for women to empower women, in addition to creating a loving and safe community for all people.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Playing with my pup and cats
    2. Yoga
    3. Gardening
  • LinkedIn

 

 

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Allison Swain

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Mentorship Program Advisor
  • Role on campus: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Department
  • Research: I study the RNA modification m6A. My work has found that a single m6A site in the long noncoding RNA HOTAIR regulates its ability to promote breast cancer metastatic properties. My new project focuses on investigating the function of m6A in the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I have been in WiSTEM since I started my postdoc in 2017 – as the Postdoc Liaison, President, and Mentorship Program Founder & Co-Coordinator. I love supporting other women in science and am proud to be involved in a group that does such amazing things to connect women in STEM across campus, throughout the local community, and nationally!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Gardening and cooking (they go hand-in-hand!)
    2. Writing and singing science parodies
    3. Going to Red Rocks for a fun concert
  • LinkedIn

 

 

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JaeAnn Dwulet

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Mentor-Mentee Relations
  • Role on campus: Bioengineering PhD Candidate
  • Research: My research seeks to understand the importance of heterogeneity in insulin-producing beta-cells and how this heterogeneity is impacted in diabetic conditions.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? I think it’s very important to support other women and communities like WiSTEM will help connect equally minded individuals and enable each other to succeed.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Rock climbing
    2. Skiing
    3. Watching reality TV 😊

 

 

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Danae Mitchell

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: High School Program Co-Coordinator & Girl Scout STEM Day Co-Lead
  • Role on campus: Professional Research Assistant for the Neuronal Injury and Plasticity Program
  • Research: I study functional outcomes to the brain after Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion (MCAO); currently we are working to categorize injury to the hippocampus after MCAO.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? want to encourage and support women and young people to pursue any and all of their STEM goals as well as create a diverse and inclusive community here on Anschutz. 
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Dungeons and Dragons
    2. Martial arts
    3. Bake

 

 

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Amber Truitt

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: High School Program Co-Coordinator
  • Role on campus: Pharmacology PhD Student
  • Research: Studying neurological deficits and diseases in pharmacology.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? enjoy supporting and encouraging women of all ages to think big and reach high towards their dreams, especially within the science community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Skiing, hiking, and camping - outdoor mountain fun!
    2. Spending time with family and friends
    3. Cooking, a glass of wine, and a good movie

 

 

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Crystal Minjarez

  • Pronouns: she/her/they
  • WiSTEM position: Mentorship Secretary
  • Role on campus: Professional Research Assistant
  • Research: Our lab studies injuries that alter brain functioning and anatomy such as cardiac arrest and strokes. I study strokes that occur in the cerebellum and and how it impacts cognitive and motor behavior in mice. Additionally, we have the goal to translate results into human conditions. 
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? To be with great people who share the same passion to increase diversity in science, and to promote inclusivity in our communities.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Play Dungeons and Dragons
    2. Eat food
    3. Weightlifting

 

 

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Emile Lopez

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Mentorship Event Coordinator
  • Role on campus: MPH Candidate - Epidemiology & Global Health
  • Research: Various topics in epidemiology.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? WiSTEM is an opportunity for me to connect with women dedicated to the science field!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Rock climbing
    2. Biking
    3. Horseback riding

 

 

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Regan Miller

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • WiSTEM position: Girl Scout STEM Day Co-Lead
  • Role on campus: Cancer Biology PhD Student
  • Research: My research is focused on leukemic stem cell biology.
  • Why are you in Women in STEM? joined WiSTEM so I could start meeting people during the pandemic and also because WiSTEM gave me the opportunity to present my own ideas and the support to pursue them.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:
    1. Going hiking
    2. Buying plants 🙂
    3. Trying new restaurants/breweries

 

 

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