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 biomedical workforce. In 2016, Dr. Collins formed a Gender Inequality Action Task Force (TF) to develop recommendations 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.
Nimmi Ramanujam, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, where she develops imaging and therapeutic tools for cancer, with a focus on women’s cancers.
Read Nimmi’s biography; learn more about how she is pushing the boundaries of biomedical engineering; and watch a video of her lecture on how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership as well as TEDxDuke talk about sustainable women’s health solutions.
Maryam Elizondo, B.S.
B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2019 where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Antonios Mikos on 3D-printed implantable scaffolds for bone regeneration. She enters the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas in June 2020.
Read Maryam’s biography, learn more about her 3D-printed tissue-engineering scaffolds and watch the video about the Rice Emerging Scholars Program (RESP), in which she was a participant and a RESP Fellow student mentor.
Kaitlyn Sadtler, Ph.D.
Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and Chief of NIBIB’s Section for Immunoengineering develops new biomaterials for regenerative medicine and uses her experience to study the immunology of wound healing and tissue growth. She has been named a TED Fellow and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in Science.
Nancy Allbritton, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington develops platforms for the study and analysis of single cells aimed at improved disease treatments. She has co-founded four startup companies and holds 43 pending patents and patents that have led to 15 commercial products.
Ranu Jung, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University develops technologies to repair the loss of neurological function. She has founded one company and currently holds 10 U.S. patents.
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, M.D., 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.