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WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) Speaker Series: Lydia Villa-Komaroff

Monday, February 27, 2017 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Huang 300, Mackenzie Room

Limited Seating. Registration Deadline: February 24, 2017

Registration Closed.

The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) aims to create an engaged Stanford network linking women graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and alumnae in STEM fields, and their allies and advocates, through regular meetings and communications. WINS seeks to provide all with opportunities to learn from a diverse array of stand-out women in science and engineering about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues.

The Winter 2017 WINS will feature Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D., Molecular and cellular biologist.

From Bench to Boardroom: A Life in Science

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff will reflect on her autobiographical journey as a scientist, academic leader, and business entrepreneur. From a nine-year old longing for a quiet space for exploration, through studies as an MIT graduate student, a postdoc involved in the recombinant DNA revolution, and as a new faculty member learning the unwritten rules of academia, she emerged as a leading scientist and researcher. She will discuss her decision to leave “bench science” for academic administration, and her eventual move into the business side of science. Her talk will discuss lessons learned, mentors, and the value of taking risks.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff's Bio

Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist, an executive, and a diversity advocate. A board member and former CEO and CSO of Cytonome/ST, LLC, a company developing and manufacturing purpose-built cell sorters, she currently also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Life Science Center (Gubernatorial appointment), ATCC, an independent, nonprofit biological resource center and research organization, and the Keck Graduate Institute. She is a member of the NSF Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, and the Advisory Council of the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. A founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Dr. Villa-Komaroff held faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Children's Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Medical School. She served as Vice President for Research at Northwestern University in Illinois, and Vice President for Research and Chief Operating Officer of the Whitehead Institute. She has served on the boards of Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc. and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and on Advisory Councils for the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, the Biology Directorate of NSF, and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine, a joint committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

A Fellow of both the AAAS and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Dr. Villa-Komaroff’s honors include the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Award from Hispanic Business Magazine, 2008 Hispanic Scientist of the Year (Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida), 2013 Woman of Distinction (American Association of University Women), and the 2016 Elking Morison prize (MIT Program in Science and Technology. She is one of 11 women scientists profiled on the website of the White House Office of Science and Technology. She earned her BS degree at Goucher College and her PhD at MIT.

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