WIB-Pittsburgh

Name:  Stephanie Kladakis Ph.D.
WIB Position:  Chapter Chair
Company: Carmell Therapeutics
Title: Vice President, Research & Development
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Stephanie received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard University and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her prior work experience includes orthopedic medical devices at Johnson & Johnson, cardiovascular implants at NMT Medical, Inc., and internal surgical sealants and adhesives at Cohera Medical.  Since 2016, she has been working at Carmell Therapeutics developing biologically-active materials manufactured from human blood plasma that promote healing.  

Name:  Julie Cramer, Ph.D.
WIB Position:  Chapter Vice Chair
Company: NanoVision Diagnostics
Title: Scientist and Clinical Trial Coordinator
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Julie Cramer received her BS in Biology and MS from Youngstown State University, where she used proteomics to study medical mycology. She earned her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, where her worked focused on intestinal stem cells and colon cancer. Julie is currently a Scientist and Clinical Trial Coordinator at NanoVision Diagnostics, where they utilize nanoscale measurements to improve cancer diagnosis and predict risk of progression. Julie enjoys mentoring in WIB-Pittsburgh’s MAPs program and helping others find their place in the life science and biotech fields.

Name:  Susan Farabaugh, Ph.D.
WIB Position:  Communications Chair
Company: Women’s Cancer Research Center, University of Pittsburgh
Title: Postdoctoral Associate
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Susan holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  She enjoys working at the Women’s Cancer Research Center, a unique translational collaboration between the Magee Women’s Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute where clinicians work closely with scientists.  Susan’s current research focuses on how the breast cancer cell of origin affects tumor heterogeneity, cell fate, and potential to evade therapeutics.

Name:  Joan Davin
WIB Position:  Communications Chair in Training
Company: Justice Through Science Association
Title: Executive Director
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Joan is the Executive Director of a new nonprofit organization, Justice Through Science (JTS).  Their mission is to bring better science into criminal justice through forensic education and public service.  Her previous work experience included founding another national nonprofit group, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and working as an engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. Joan received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. 

Name:  Mary Florio
WIB Position:  Communications Co-Vice Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh
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After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh magna cum laude, Mary Florio joined a leading advertising agency in Pittsburgh and represented a variety of clients ranging from universities and professional firms to Ringling Bros. (local account). Her work has led to Associated Press coverage in more than 150 newspapers including The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. Additionally, she has written for every print newspaper in the City of Pittsburgh, and national trade magazines have published her work on topics ranging from trends in the legal industry to the practice of redlining in urban communities. Her first article, concerning Bloomington, Indiana’s cyclotron, won first place in the State of Indiana for collegiate news reporting. Mary is devoted to her work at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research and remains inspired by the University faculty, staff and students she meets in that capacity. In addition to continuing her work at the University of Pittsburgh, she will pursue a graduate degree in clinical social work in the fall.

Name:  Stephanie Puig
WIB Position:  Communications Co-Vice Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Title: Postdoctoral Associate
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Stephanie Puig is a postdoctoral associate at University of Pittsburgh interested in the mechanisms underlying opioid side effects that increase risks in patients with chronic pain. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Paris Descartes (France), where she studied the influence of the pattern of cocaine administration on central and behavioral modifications. Her collaboration with clinicians during her graduate work and her two years spent at MD Anderson Cancer center (Houston, Texas), drove her interest to translational research and to studies that could be relevant to the clinic. 

Name:  Joie Marhefka
WIB Position:  Communications Co-Vice Chair
Company: Penn State New Kensington
Title: Biomedical Engineering Technology Instructor and Program Coordinator
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Joie is the program coordinator for the Biomedical Engineering Technology Program at Penn State New Kensington.  Her previous work experience includes head of engineering at Accel Diagnostics, adjunct physics professor at Robert Morris University, and postdoctoral fellowships at Falcon Genomics and at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  She earned a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where her research focused on drag reducing polymers, blood flow, and microfluidics, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Villanova University.   

Name:  Michelle Zorrilla, MPH
WIB Position:  Program Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Title: PhD Candidate
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Michelle Zorrilla is a PhD Candidate in Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her current research focuses on elastin in the extracellular matrix and understanding the developmental and molecular mechanisms of supravalvular aortic stenosis. She is also pursuing a certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management.  Previously she received her Master of Public Health while working at the Magee Womens Research Institute as the Research Coordinator and Counselor of the Male Infertility Study.  

Name:  Marissa Kuzirian
WIB Position:  Program Vice Chair
Company: Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Title: Executive Associate
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Marissa is an Executive Associate at Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2015 after studying synapse formation and development. After moving to Pittsburgh, Marissa worked as a postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh, studying the neural circuits of pain and itch. At PLSG, Marissa helps life science innovators commercialize their products. 

Name:  Babs Carryer
WIB Position:  Sponsorship Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh, Innovation Institute
Title: Director of Education and Outreach
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Babs Carryer is the Director of Education and Outreach for the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute. Babs is a serial entrepreneur, writer and educator. She blogs about entrepreneurship on New Venturist. For 15 years, she taught entrepreneurship and helped initiate entrepreneurial programs at Carnegie Mellon University. Babs is President of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte, with a portfolio of companies. Babs has a Master’s in Public Management Carnegie Mellon and a BA from Mills College in CA.

Name:  Becky Brown
WIB Position:  Sponsorship Vice Chair
Company: Remo Contract Research Organization
Title: Account Executive
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Becky Brown is an Account Executive at Remo Contract Research. She is responsible for business development and client relations in North America. Remo Contract Research specializes in Clinical Trial Design and Management for Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and the Medical Device Industries. Becky's background also includes working with Pharma and Biotech organizations on HIPPA Compliant Cloud solutions and SAS products designed to streamline CRO Management.

Name:  Jessica Revtai
WIB Position:  Membership Chair
Company: Lab Support
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Jessica is an Account Manager for Lab Support, a scientific and engineering staffing firm located in the North Side of Pittsburgh. Lab Support is a niche staffing service provider that works with companies in the Pittsburgh region to find the best candidates for their positions and put them to work. Jess received her BA in Business Administration and Fine Arts from Washington and Jefferson College.

Name:  Hanna Valli
WIB Position:  Membership Vice Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh
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Hanna is a postdoctoral fellow in the Vascular Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. She is studying the mechanisms that lead to arterial calcification and that condition is present in several diseases, including chronic kidney disease, hypertension and Type II diabetes. She received her PhD from University of Pittsburgh and B.S in Biology from University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Name:  Erika Fanselow, Ph.D.
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Title: Instructor, Department of Neuroscience
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Erika is currently an instructor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches undergraduate students. She received a B.S. in biology and music from Case Western Reserve University, and received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Duke University, She has over 20 years of experience in academic research, including an Assistant Professorship at the University of Pittsburgh, and has worked as an independent consultant in bioscience research. After gaining teaching experience at undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels, Erika developed an interest in advancing STEM education, especially for young women considering careers in science.

Name:  Ali Nagle
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Vice Chair and Secretary
Company: University of Pittsburgh
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Ali is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology program at the University of Pittsburgh working at the Women’s Cancer Research Center. Her research focuses on understanding the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) and insulin signaling pathways in breast cancer. She aims to identify the subset of breast tumors that might be sensitive to inhibitors of these pathways. Ali received her BS in Biology from UNC Wilmington in 2012, and was also a member of the NCAA Women’s Soccer team. She is now an avid marathon runner.

Name:  Beth Shaaban, MPH
WIB Position:  MAPs Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Title: PhD Student
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Beth has her Master’s of Public Health and a BS in Psychology. She has over 10 years of experience in clinical Alzheimer’s disease research. Currently, Beth is a pre-doctoral fellow with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her current research work includes the application of 7 Tesla MRI to understand neurovascular and cognitive health in aging. Beth also volunteers on the board of the Pitt Public Health Doctoral Student Organization.

Name:  Kelly Picchione
WIB Position:  MAPs Vice Chair
Company: Knopp Biosciences LLC
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Kelly is a Research Scientist at Knopp Biosciences. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo in 2010. At Knopp Kelly is advancing the Ion Channel Discovery Program and she enjoys contributing to WIB-Pittsburgh alongside her enthusiastic colleagues.women's healthwomen's health

Name:  Megan Kiedrowski
WIB Position:  MAPs Vice Chair
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
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Megan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is interested in host-pathogen interactions during polymicrobial infections, and her current work focuses on interactions between the host airway epithelium, bacterial pathogens, and viruses during Cystic Fibrosis respiratory infections. Megan is originally from Wisconsin, and she received her B.S. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then went on to earn her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Iowa.

Name:  Pat Rogan
WIB Position:  Finance
Company: Immunetrics
Title: Vice President, Operations
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Patricia Rogan, Vice President, Operations, has more than thirty years of experience in executive financial and administrative management at public, private and startup technology companies, including software and biotechnology firms. Prior to joining Immunetrics, Pat was an executive at Innovation Works, Inc., a regional seed stage investor in technology companies. She previously held executive management positions at LaunchCyte, LLC and Dravo Corporation. Pat holds a B.A. and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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