Executive Board

Our Executive Board is in charge of organizing various activities for our chapter. We are always looking for motivated leaders to help plan our events and network with STEM professionals in the Baltimore area. If you would like to join our board, email us: awisbaltimore@gmail.com


Current Officers

(Currently being updated!)

President: Aparna Shah, PhD


  • President: Aparna Shah, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    • PhD, Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    • MS, Life Sciences, Sophia College for Women, University of Mumbai, India
    • BS, Life Sciences and Biochemistry, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, India
  • Interests
    • Research: Neuropsychiatric disorders, specifically, mood and substance abuse disorders. Investigating the role of microRNAs in regulating neuronal function, in the context of these disorders. 
    • Etc.: Teaching, Scientific Outreach, Science Communication, Baking, and Art
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Social Media: 2016-2018
  • Web Links

Communications: Bouchra Taib



  • Vice President of Communications: Bouchra Taib, Ph.D., M.Bio.eng
  • Professional Position
    • Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Johns Hopkins University, School of  Medicine
  • Professional History
    • PhD, Pathology and cell biology ( specialization: neuroscience), University of Montreal, Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Canada
    • Master of Bio-engineering, (specialization in Health Biotechnology), Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
    • BSc, Physiology and cell biology, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
  • Interests
    • Research: to investigate the brain regulation of energy homeostasis, particularly the intracellular mechanisms underlying the metabolism of macronutrients (glucose and fatty acids) in the hypothalamus, and the role of these mechanisms in maintaining homeostasis under physiological and pathological conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes
    • Etc: Teaching, Mentoring, Fellows Sub-committee member of the Women’s Task Force (Department of Medicine, John Hopkins University)
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Communications: Current
  • Web Links

Public Relations: Divya Rao


  • Vice President of Programs: Divya Rao (more info coming soon)
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

Programs: Resham Chhabra




  • Vice President of Programs: Resham Chhabra
  • Professional Position
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of  Medicine
  • Professional History
    • PhD, Molecular Medicine with a focus on neuroscience and nanomedicine, Ulm  University, Ulm, Germany
    • MSc, Neuroscience with a specialization in Neurodegeneration, King’s College London, London, England
    • BSc, major in Zoology, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, India 
  • Interests
    • Research: Neurodegeneration. Current research projects include determining whether depletion of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) in neurons contributes to pathological conversion of tau or accelerates tauopathy, a critical driver of neuron loss and cognitive decline in sporadic AD. In addition, investigating a) the role of C9orf72 mutations in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and b) how different Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) impact profiles correspond to neuropathology
    • Etc: Teaching, Mentoring, Science Outreach, Social work, Business Development
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Programs: Current
  • Web Links

Programs: THIS COULD BE YOU!




  • Vice President of Programs: THIS COULD BE YOU!
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

Social Media: THIS COULD BE YOU!

  • Vice President of Social Media: THIS COULD BE YOU!
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

Finance: Nina Rajpurohit

  • Vice President of Finance: Nina Rajpurohit (more info coming soon)
  • Professional Position
  • Professional History
  • Interests
  • Contributions to AWIS
  • Web Links

Past President: Ekemini Riley, PhD


  • Past President: Ekemini A. Udofa Riley, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Senior Associate, Center for Strategic Philanthropy, Milken Institute
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • PhD, Molecular Medicine, Concentration: Cancer Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • BA, Natural Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Interests
    • Research: Investigating the regulation and cytoprotective function of the stress response protein Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor type 2 (PAI-2).
    • Etc: science policy & communications, public health, learning new things, meeting new people, cooking, singing
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • President: 2012-2015
    • Vice President of Programs: 2011-2012
  • Web Links
 

Interim VP of Finance and Past President: Jocelyn Reader, PhD


 
  • Interim VP of Finance and Past President: Jocelyn Reader
  • Professional Position
    • Research Associate, OB/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College
  • Professional History
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
    • PhD, Human Genetics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • BA, Biological Sciences, Goucher College
  • Interests
    • Research: Investigating the role of receptors for inflammatory mediator PGE2 in breast cancer metastasis
    • Etc: Science education, STEM diversity, reading, learning random science facts
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Social Media: 2012-2015
  • Web Links

Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD


  • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD
  • Professional Position
    • Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Science Policy, Reporting, and Program Analysis (OSPRA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH/NICHD/OSPRA/SPPEB)
  • Professional History
    • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Big Data & Analytics Program, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, Office of Extramural Research (NIH/OD/OER/OPAC)
    • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Big Data & Analytics Program, National Institute of Mental Health (NIH/NIMH/OSPPC)
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University
    • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    • BSc, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Interests
    • Research: Developing magnetic resonance imaging techniques to visualize the central nervous system and characterize neurodegenerative disorders
    • Etc: Policy, healthcare, strategic planning, program evaluation, web design, scientific writing and editing, graphic design
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Communications: 2012-2015
    • Webmaster: 2012-Present
    • Created and maintained website for AWIS Baltimore
    • Created and distributed AWIS Newsletter
  • Web Links


Previous Officers

Below is a list of previous officers for the chapter, listed by year(s) of service. 

Previous Years

  • 2016-2017
    • Co-President: Jocelyn Reader, PhD
    • Co-President: Jessica Curtis, PhD
    • Communications & Sponsorship: Lindsay Rizzardi, PhD
    • Social Media: Aparna Shah, PhD
    • Public Relations: Akshata Almad, PhD
    • Programs: Isabel Martinez Ferrando, PhD
    • Past President: Ekemini Riley, PhD
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim, PhD
  • 2014-2015
    • President: Ekemini Riley (nee Udofa)
    • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis
    • VP of Programs: 
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim
  • 2013-2014
    • President: Ekemini Udofa
    • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis, Shirley Tan, Claudia Avalos
    • VP of Programs: Talmesha Richards
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim
  • 2012 to 2013
    • President: Ekemini Udofa
    • VP of Communications: Issel Anne Lim
    • VP of Finance: Kim Schultz
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Jessica Curtis
    • VP of Programs: Janelle Jones, Talmesha Richards
    • Webmaster: Issel Anne Lim
  • 2011 to 2012
    • President: Kim Schultz
    • VP of Communications: Delia Silva
    • VP of Finance: Dawn Holt
    • VP of Social Media: Jocelyn Reader
    • VP of Public Relations: Shannadora Hollis
    • VP of Programs: Ekemini Udofa, Kirsten Kulcsar, Andrea Benedict
  • 2010 to 2011
    • VP of Finance: Kim Schultz