October 2022

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

2022 September

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

August 2022

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

July 2022

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

June 2022

Dr. Monica Muir Our June WISER Woman is Dr. Monica Muir. Dr. Muir is a Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care provider at Mercy, St. Louis, a co-founder of the 500 Women Scientists St. Louis Pod, and a board member for GiFT, an organization which provides support and

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

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