Dr. Laine Young-Walker Meet our October WISER Woman, Dr. Laine Young-Walker, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Student Programs, at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Young -Walker was recently awarded $6.6 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to start
Dr. Carissa Philippi September’s featured WISER Woman is Dr. Carissa Philippi, Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at University of Missouri St. Louis. Her research aims to understand the brain circuits underlying self-related processes, in both the healthy and dysfunctional brain (e.g., psychiatric illness). Self-related processing is essential
Kate Polokonis Kate Polokonis, Executive Director of STEMSTL, is working to ensure students in the St. Louis Metro region have equitable access to high-quality STEM learning and employment opportunities. Kate is a former teacher with experience in St. Louis public schools and out-of-school STEM programs and has
Jasmin Camacho, PhD She doesn’t mind being called Batwoman. Jasmin Camacho, PhD is a Postdoc at Stowers Institute of Medical Research. Dr. Camacho’s research involves the study of nectarivory, or the exclusive eating of sugar-rich floral nectar. Specifically, her project aims to investigate nectar bats for their
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
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
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.
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