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Julia Pinkhasov, PhD, is an outcome-focused scientist with over ten years of research experience within multiple research disciplines, including plant biotechnology, immunology, and autoimmune pathology. Currently, Pinkhasov is a Regulatory Science Specialist at Coté Orphan, LLC. Pinkhasov develops regulatory strategies by compiling scientific data in support of the orphan drug candidate(s) in order to obtain regulatory approval. Before joining Coté Orphan, Pinkhasov was an Assistant Research Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. At UCLA, Pinkhasov established an independent research program and conducted pre-clinical and clinical studies to examine novel therapeutic targets on T cells in lupus mouse models and patients. She has a PhD in Molecular Biology/Immunology from Arizona State University and is pursuing her MBA at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Dr. Kayla Valdes is an accomplished biologist focused on solving infectious disease and health problems with proven success in project management and grant/sponsorship acquisition. She currently works for Leidos as a biomedical scientist supporting the research proposal funding process for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. She currently is a technical coordinator for the $80M Prostate Cancer Research Program. She is an alumnus of both Cornell University and University of Maryland-College Park. She has been volunteering for WIB since 2014, and previously served as the MAPs-Peer Groups Chair for two years. She is looking forward to serving as chapter Vice Chair and ensuring that WIB continues to empower women to pursue successful careers in STEM.
Sarah is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she specializes in host/pathogen interactions. She has been involved with WIB since August 2013, and previously served as the MAPs-University chair for two years. As communications co-chair, she works with the programming committee to promote upcoming events and submit newsletter content. In addition, she helps to maintain social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter).
Dr. Raleigh Malik is a Sr. Scientist at DIA (formerly Drug Information Association) in Washington, DC, where she supports the advancement of DIA’s global content strategy by providing scientific expertise related to therapeutic drug development and regulatory disciplines. Prior to joining DIA, Dr. Malik supported medical and commercialization functions within pharma as both a medical writer and medical reviewer. Dr. Malik has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Indiana University School of Medicine and a BS in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Bucknell University.
Shruti is a Research Associate and Services Manager at the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at Georgetown University. She has a Master's in Molecular Biology. Her current research focus in on using bioinformatics techniques to evaluate predictive biomarkers for precision medicine. She also manages ICBI's research support and consultation services to academic and industry collaborators. Shruti is currently pursuing an MBA from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University.
She has been a member of WIB and volunteering with the Programs Committee since 2011. As the Programs Committee co-chair, she is committed to providing WIB members with events and opportunities to expand their professional network and help with their career development.
Lindsay is the manager of Harbor Launch, a community for life science and environmental startups hosted by the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Lindsay has a technical background and extensive experience with the federal SBIR programs. She is passionate about helping university researchers and startups take technology out of the lab and into the market, creating real-world impacts. Lindsay is dedicated to helping WIB through the Program Committee in providing events and platforms for interaction that fit the needs of the diverse Women in Bio membership.
Jenny Zhang is a pragmatic scientist and strategic thinker with passion in transforming therapy and drug development via evidence based, molecular driven translational medicine. Her experience and drive in continuous growth, non-profit fundraising, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership has led her to chair the Sponsorship committee. She is committed to establish a sustainable, proactive, and portfolio-based fundraising mechanism to support WIB’s various programs.
Dr. Sherri-Gae Scott is the Grants Proposal Manager at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). She is an alumni of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for both of her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship. She holds Certificates in Research Leadership and Bioscience Management. In her current position, Dr. Scott is responsible for the administration of the grants and sponsorship of the 30 – 40 annual FASEB Science Research Conferences (SRCs). She manages an annual portfolio in the excess of $1M with over 200 sponsors.
Dr. Scott has an active interest in the Business of Science and issues that contribute to the lack of retention and progression of individuals at all levels in STEM fields. She is excited to be a part of WIB that is focused on providing women with opportunities to excel professionally. She looks forward to contributing to and working with the sponsorship committee to further enhance the chapter's programs and activities.
Jann is a legal and science writer specializing in the commercial and regulatory documents that support clinical trial administration. She is the past Director of Records, Risk and Contract Management at Sucampo Pharma Americas, LLC, and from 2002 to 2016 supported the successful research and development, approval, and commercial launch of AMITIZA®. Her current position with AX LLC is focused on support for a phase 3 stroke trial with sites in the US, Australia, Spain, the UK, Israel, and France. Jann has a B.Sc. from UMUC and is a masters candidate for Clinical Research Administration through George Washington University's School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Gelareh is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular Medicine program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is interested in examining the pathobiology of experimental brain and spinal cord injury with the goal of looking for novel neuroprotective interventions. As the membership vice chair, Gelareh will inform prospective members of the ongoing membership promotions. She is committed to attract and welcome new members while she will coordinate and conduct surveys from existing members.
Jaclyn is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The George Washington University. Her dissertation research is in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, where she seeks to better characterize relationships between the autonomic nervous system and heart failure, as well as develop novel approaches for cellular reprogramming and tissue engineering. She has been involved with WIB since 2014 and spearheaded the creation of the MAPs-University chapter at GW. She is passionate about the MAPs programs because they offer women the ability to regularly network with other local professionals, engage in meaningful conversations about various careers and workplaces, and learn from each other in casual yet supportive environments.