May 2022

Madhuri Manpadi, Ph.D. May’s WISER Woman is Madhuri Manpadi, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Drury University. Dr. Manpadi’s research involves designing and synthesizing libraries of novel compounds that are screened for anticancer activity. She shares her love of research with her

April 2022

Brittany Whitley, Ph.D. This month we’re excited to feature Brittany Whitley, Ph.D., as our WISER Woman. Dr. Whitley is the Executive Director of the MOST (Missouri Science and Technology) Policy Initiative, where she works to create institutionalized collaboration and trust between the scientific community and decision-makers in

March 2022

Erin Tallon Our March WISER Woman is Erin Tallon. Erin is a graduate student in the MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics and was recently the lead author on a research paper about harnessing AI to advance knowledge of Type 1 diabetes. Erin has been a

February 2022

Koyal Garg, Ph.D. Koyal Garg, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University. Dr. Garg’s research focuses on the enhancement of skeletal muscle regeneration and function following injury, disease, and aging, --specifically focused on traumatic muscle injuries. In addition to her research, Dr.

January 2022

Dr. Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi Our first WISER Woman of 2022 is Dr. Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering at Missouri State University and the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MoLSAMP) MSU site coordinator for the Cooperative Engineering Program. Dr. Obafemi-Ajayi’s work is focused on using machine

November 2021

Dr. Kim Kimminau We are proud to feature Dr. Kim Kimminau, Chief Of Staff & Chief of Strategy, Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at University of Missouri-Columbia, as our November WISER Woman. Dr. Kimminau is a biomedical anthropologist and health services researcher who has worked

October 2021

Kelly Fischer, Chief People Officer at Benson Hill This month’s WISER Woman is Kelly Fischer. Kelly is the Chief People Officer at Benson Hill. She is a seasoned human resources professional with a breadth of experience in talent strategy, project leadership, change management, and communications. Not only

September 2021

Kim Becking, Attorney Kim Becking is an attorney, serial entrepreneur running two successful businesses, communications strategist and “recovering” political consultant and this November 5th, she’ll be the keynote speaker at our virtual event, WISER Conversations: Refresh, Refuel, Refocus. Create a Work/Life Balance. Kim is an engaging, high-energy,

August 2021

Jamila Owens-Todd, ND Jamila Owens-Todd, ND is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor with a background in Research and Development. In addition to her practice at the Meridian Institute of Naturopathic Therapies (MINT), she is the R & D Manager for PHYTOS Cannabis and the owner of Golden Grocer.

July 2021

Dr. Laura Page, Assistant Dean of Professional Development & Leadership for the University of Missouri Graduate School Our July WISER Woman is Dr. Laura Page. Dr. Page is Assistant Dean of Professional Development & Leadership for the University of Missouri Graduate School. Dr. Page currently provides professional

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