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2020 Panel: Life as a Scientist

2009 Adult Panel

2009 Adult Panel

Parents, teachers, and other interested adults play an essential role in developing young girls’ interest in math and science. This morning session is designed to be an informative discussion between parents and prominent scientists regarding how parents can promote the participation of their daughters in science. Panelists will discuss their careers, education, and research experience, and will give parents suggestions for supporting their daughters as they pursue careers in science, medicine, and engineering. The panelists have varied backgrounds and experiences in academia and industry. The session will include a question/answer period to allow for further discussion of topics of interest. The Life as a Scientist panel begins at 9:00 am. Conference volunteers will be available to assist the girls to their workshops after the keynote address.

2022 Adult Panel

Anushka Dongre

Prof. Anushka Dongre obtained her BS and MS degrees in Microbiology at the University of Mumbai, India. Her graduate training (PhD) in Immunology was supervised by Dr. Barbara A. Osborne at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. During this period, she studied the role of Notch signaling in regulating the function of T-cells. For her postdoctoral training, Prof. Dongre was keen on applying her knowledge in a broader setting of cancer development. This led her to pursue my postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Robert A. Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. During her postdoctoral work, Prof. Dongre demonstrated that the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) contributes to the formation of an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and drives refractory responses of breast carcinomas to immune checkpoint blockade therapy. She am now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University where her lab is focused on identifying strategies to potentiate the response of breast cancers to immunotherapy.

Rachel Snyder

Dr. Rachel Snyder is a chemist currently working as a Research Investigator at the company DuPont. In graduate school, Dr. Snyder worked on designing and making new types of plastics that could be easily recycled for improved sustainability. In her current job, she works with a research team to make new materials that will go into displays for electronic devices like TVs and cell-phone screens. She loves teaching others about different types of plastic, their properties, and why they can (or can't!) be recycled. Outside of the lab, Dr. Snyder loves dogs - especially her Havanese named Jenny - and her hobbies include training with Jenny, hanging out with her friends and family, running, reading, and road trips. When Dr. Snyder went to college, she wanted to write TV shows. She has since discovered her real dream job - solving scientific problems with a research team and sharing her research through writing research articles and giving presentations! Dr. Snyder received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Ithaca College in 2015 and a Master's in Chemistry in 2017 from Northwestern University. In 2021, she completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University.

Katherine Quinn

Katherine Quinn is Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Institute of Physics, currently serving the US Congress as a scientific advisor. Her legislative portfolio includes energy and the environment, cybersecurity, criminal justice reform, and education. Prior to her current position, she worked as an interdisciplinary theoretical physicist studying hierarchical patterns in complex systems from our cosmological model of the early universe to emergence in biophysics. During her time as a graduate student at Cornell, she co-founded a Graduate Women in Science chapter, was an instructor for Cornell’s Prison Education Program, and served as an elected member of Cornell’s University Assembly. After receiving her Ph.D. she worked as an Associate Research Fellow for the Center For the Physics of Biological Function from 2019-2021 with joint appointments at both Princeton and the City University of New York. In addition to her research, she was selected as a 2020-2021 Next-Generation Fellow with the American Physical Society to advocate for a reduction in the threat from nuclear weapons.

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