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, PhD



  • 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: Fereshte Ghorbani


  • Vice President of Programs: Fereshte Ghorbani
  • Professional Position
    • PhD Student, Chemistry Department, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professional History
  • MA, Organic Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University
  • BSc, Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Interests
    • Research: Organic synthesis and synthetic methodology. Current research focus is the development of synthetic strategies and electrochemical methods to selectively fluorinate aliphatic compounds, especially those with biological importance. In addition, investigating the mechanism behind the carbonyl directed fluorination of polycyclic terpenoid derivatives.
    • Etc.: Science Communication, Mentoring, Teaching, Social Work, and Yoga
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Vice President of Programs: Current
  • Web Links

Programs: Zulma Jiménez, PhD

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  • Vice President of Programs: Zulma Jiménez
  • Professional Position
    • Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD.
  • Professional History
    • Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bucknell University.
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate & NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Smart Polymers and Origen of Life research, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
    • Postdoctoral Researcher JSPS Fellow, Polymer Assembly, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
    • PhD, Chemistry-Nonlinear Dynamics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
    • MS, Chemistry-Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.
    • BS, Chemistry-Nonlinear Dynamics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá-Colombia. 
  • Interests
    • Research: finding possible mechanisms for the occurrence of ventricular fibrillation, controlling chemo-mechanical hydrogels’ dynamical behavior, designing chemical systems that replicate origin of life processes, and applying new technologies to teach chemistry.   
    • Etc: science education, mentoring, ceramics, python, flower arrangements.
  • Contributions to AWIS
    • Mentor in the AWIS Massachusetts chapter 2016-2017
  • Web Links

Social Media: Alexandra Soare


  • Vice President of Social Media: Alexandra Soare
  • Professional Position: PhD student in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Professional History:
    • Associate Researcher, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    • Research Technician, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    • MS, Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane University
    • BA, International and Global Studies, Sewanee: University of the South
  • Interests:
    • Research: Host-pathogen interactions, vaccine and therapeutic development. Investigating the host response to aspergillus and mucormycosis-related fungi
    • Ect: Science outreach, science policy, public health, dancing, hiking, cooking, watching basketball, and playing the piano
  • Contributions to AWIS:
    • Vice President of Social Media: Current
  • 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