Women in Science

Women In Science (WIS) is a SfRBM Committee whose focus is to improve pathways for women to contribute fully to academic research by promoting the visibility and participation of women scientists in the SfRBM. To learn more about what WIS has to offer, click any of the links below.

Committee Chair
Lin Mantell, MD, Ph.D.
St. John's University College of Pharmacy/Northwell Health System


Christine Winterbourn, Ph.D.

Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand

Title and current institution: Professor, Centre for Free Radical Research, Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago Christchurch

Research interests: I have a broad interest in the biological chemistry of free radicals and oxidative stress, and how we can translate this chemistry into cells and tissues. My current interests include the role of thiols in antioxidant defense and redox regulation; the biochemistry and cellular function of peroxiredoxins; reactive oxidant production by neutrophils and the role of myeloperoxidase products in microbial killing and inflammatory disease.

How I fell in love with chemistry: Fascinated with mixing things up and seeing what happened from age about 11 when I got my first chemistry set.

A life challenge you had to overcome: Being invisible as a scientist amongst the medical hierarchy of a traditional medical school.

Best advice you have ever received: Even though you work in a small “out of the way” place, your research can make it in science. But be astute in your choice of topic.

Pet peeves in science: Redox articles that get published in the high profile journals when the quality of the redox data would be way below that acceptable for FRBM. The tenuous career structure for a lot of talented biomedical scientists.

Book or article that you would recommend: It is hard to go past Halliwell and Gutteridge in this field.

Three things people may not know about me:
1) I still worry before I give a talk that my mind is going to blank out on what I want to say.

2) I’ve watched kiwis (the birds) feeding on the beach at midnight.

3) I’m one of a minority of New Zealanders who doesn’t rave over the Lord of the Rings movies (too much fighting for me, I don’t have a problem with the books). 


Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D.
University of Vermont
Click here to read her profile

Daret St. Clair, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Click here to read her profile

Samantha Giordano, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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WIS organizes the annual Opening Doors Event which provides the opportunity for education, dialogue and networking among scientists during the Annual Conference. Topics vary each year and the event will feature a guest speaker.

SfRBM 2018

Everyone Needs a Yoda: The Importance of Mentors Throughout Your Scientific Career
Thursday, November 15, 2018

SfRBM 2017

Who is the Indiana Jones of Your Team?

  • An adventure in team building
  • Discover and share insights into how team dynamics support lab productivity, recruitment, and collaboration
  • All levels welcome - undergrads to PIs
  • Dress for adventure! High heels not recommended

SfRBM 2016

Kimberly Dunham-Snary, Ph.D. Edward Moreira Bahnson, Ph.D. Ines Batinic-Haberle, Ph.D.

SfRBM 2015

SfRBM 2013



"Women in Science"

They are unspoken of,
hidden and kept in the shadow.
Yet some have blossomed,
leaving the darkness below.
The names are few,
but their net worth is more than the number
for history has seen to it,
that their records are kept in slumber.

They have battled through culture,
transcended religious barriers,
to pursue their passion,
their scientific careers.
Their findings have not been acknowledged,
yet they did not pine for glory,
for those who know their might,
know their struggle and story.

Emilie du Chatelet, Caroline Herschel,
Sophie Germain, Lise Meitner,
Sonya Kowalevsky, Theano,
Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Emmy Noether,
to name but a few,
but their contributions to science,
deserve accolades and awards,
but they have accepted instead, silence.

Let us live by their example,
and keep contributing to expanding knowledge.
Let us not think of reward,
for women in science have been living with tallage.
Let us think of it as our passion
keep the nobility of our work in mind,
for our discoveries in science,
will ultimately redeem mankind.

Dr. Viduranga Waisundara
National Institute of Fundamental Studies
Hantane Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka