Women in STEAM who inspire! 500 Women Scientists’ Edition
Ahna Skop is Professor of Genetics. She is a developmental cell biologist, a science communicator and a scientific artist!
- Ahna studies a once considered “garbage can” of the cell called the midbody. This newly defined RNA-containing organelle is involved in cell-cell communication after mitosis.
- She recently published “Genetic Reflections: A coloring book” with two of her undergraduate students.
- She enjoys cooking and baking science-inspired cakes! She has a food blog.
- “I am a scientist by day but avid foodie, baker and cook by night. Cooking is really home chemistry. Being a scientist is like baking but with DNA, RNA, proteins and chemicals. If you can follow a recipe and be creative, you can be a scientist.” - Ahna
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Susan Cheng is a researcher in the fields of ecology and science education. She is passionate about changing the way we learn about science, to make it more equitable and inclusive.
- Susan studies things that affect forest growth, from clouds to nitrogen pollution. Sometimes this involves driving a cherry picker to measure plant photosynthesis in the forest canopy!
- She bakes science-themed cakes – like glow-in-the-dark cakes representing the bioluminescence of a coral reef ecosystem!
- “Susan taught me how to identify and leverage networks and actions needed to make a great idea into reality!” – Lauren at 500 Women Scientists
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Lauren Edwards is a Neuroscientist trained in neurorehabilitation, which helps people recover from nervous system injuries. She’s also Director of Fellowship for the Future for 500 Women Scientists.
- In her neuroscience, Lauren specializes in motor recovery and learning after stroke.
- She leads the Reproductive Justice Initiatives – helping and transforming society one project at a time! She is also passionate about STEM outreach.
- Lauren loves celebrating languages – she has tattoos in Arabic, Sanskrit, French, Kanji and English!
- “Lauren taught me that our job doesn’t end once we find a seat at the table, we must speak up and use our voice in representation of those who were not there.” – Gabriela
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Jasmine Drake is a forensic chemist and Assistant Professor at Texas Southern.
She’s committed to ensuring forensic science is equitable and free of bias toward communities of color.
- She is a Governor-appointed commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission!
- She researches how drug policy affects people of color and fragile communities at unequal rates.
- She is passionate about hands-on STEM education. She trains educators and law enforcement officers.
- “She has taught us really cool real-world, justice-focused applications for chemistry, which is a hard science that is usually seen as inaccessible and unattainable.” – Lauren
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Seanna Leath is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
She studies community psychology with a focus on building resilience and wellness among Black girls and women.
- Seanna explores factors related to the healthy identity development of Black girls and women in family, educational, and community settings.
- Seanna has talked about Black motherhood on the podcast Ebony’s Bones!
- She is the first in her family to attend college, and she identifies as LGBTQIA.
- “Dr. Leath’s work centers the wellness of Black girls, and that is absolutely revolutionary.” - Lauren
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Rose Bear Don’t Walk grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
She’s a Tribal foods consultant and a Salish Ethnobotanist. She studies how her tribe can use native plants as food to fight chronic disease.
- Rose is helping her community identify and rekindle their connection with traditional Salish food plants like Camas and Bitterroot.
- She teaches through hand-on activities like foraging, recipe creation and food sharing!
- She has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu!
- “Rose taught me the importance of plant life to sustaining health and wellbeing” – Gabriela
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Kelly Montgomery is a chemical biologist and artist!
She is helping us better understand why tau proteins fold the wrong way and clump together in the brains of people with Alzheimer's Disease.
- Kelly loves to tell stories through art and photography. She taught herself how to use Illustrator and Photoshop!
- She co-founded JKX comics to help more people understand science and want to become scientists themselves.
- She was born and raised in Detroit, MI but has always dreamed of living in sunny California.
- “Kelly inspires me with how she is using her self-taught creative talents to amplify diverse women in STEM in the form of free science comics.” - Lauren
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