NIBIB is celebrating the exceptional work of women grantees. The global science community has recognized that a gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has existed for many years. In the past fifteen years there has been an ongoing effort to promote and inspire women and girls to participate in STEM fields. Research has indicated that gender inequality is partially due to unsupportive cultures that negatively impact the advancement of a woman’s career. As a result, women are underrepresented across the United States at the tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, and leadership levels. The NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, is committed to creating a supportive environment for all genders in the biomedicine workforce. In 2016, Dr. Collins formed a Gender Inequality Action Task Force (TF) to develop recommendations/actions for NIH to address these concerns. NIBIB is committed to supporting women grantees and recognizes the impact their research contributions have made on the NIBIB community. Learn about the career journeys and research endeavors of a selection of these outstanding women researchers below.
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.
Professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University engineers and builds tissues to improve health and cure disease. She is one of the most cited scientists of all time.
Quyen Nguyen, Ph.D.
Quyen Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., is professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at San Diego, where she creates molecules that make nerves or tumors glow during surgery.
Charlotte Gaydos, Dr. P.H., M.P.H.
Professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Gaydos develops technologies that bring care to the patient rather than take care to the patient. She has been a part of 42 FDA clinical trials.
Carla Pugh, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Carla Pugh is a professor of surgery at Stanford University and an expert on the use of sensors and motion trackers for measuring medical training performance. She received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.