Update March 9th, 2019
Call for Self-Nominations for Vice-President and National Liaison! Contact us at chicago@gwis.org to learn more and apply!


Seema SheoranPresident

Seema is a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Neurobiology Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of synaptic transmission using C. elegans as a model system. She was awarded UIC Chancellor’s student service and leadership award for her contribution to the university and the community. Apart from doing research and serving the community, she enjoys running quite a bit! She has served as the Secretary for the GWIS Chicago Chapter (2017-18). This year, Seema has been nominated to take up the responsibilities of the President.

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Thao PhamVice-President

Thao is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University.  She got her PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago in the year of 2016.  Her research has been focusing on the biology of fibrosis-driven thyroid and pancreatic cancer using different transgenic mouse models.  She enjoys cooking and exploring wine in her spare time.  Thao served as the Vice President (2016-2017) and President (2017-2018) of the GWIS Chicago Chapter and is looking forward to her continued involvement in the leadership.

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Eliza Jacobs-Brichford National Liaison

Eliza is a fourth year PhD student at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research assesses the impact of adolescent cannaboid exposure on the development of prefrontal cortex and decision-making in adulthood. Eliza has been actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations across the city of Chicago to promote science education. She will continue to serve as the National Liaison for the Chicago Chapter, the position she has held since 2017.

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Chloe Chih-Yu PaiMembership Coordinator & Treasurer

Chloe is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding signal transduction and cellular polarization during the directed cell growth of baking yeast. She has great interests in promoting science communication to the lay audience, serving the community, and building a strong network in Chicago! During her spare time, she loves good food, good music, and traveling around the world. While she loves living in the city, she also likes to get back into nature. She joined GWIS Chicago since 2018 and is looking forward to coordinating more GWIS Chicago events in 2018-2019

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Rashida Abdul-GaniyuSecretary

Rashida is a a PhD Candidate in the Biological Sciences program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding how phosphorylation affects the function and trafficking of the G protein betagamma subunit during gradient sensing in budding yeast. Rashida is passionate about giving back to society hence she founded Tab-bu Foundation, a charity organization aimed at helping underprivileged communities in Ghana. She is actively involved with a number of organizations that inspire and empower the younger generation to pursue careers in STEM. She is a proud recipient of several social, academic and professional Awards. She is currently secretary of GWIS-Chicago and looks forward to her continued involvement.

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Samantha Keil Social Media Coordinator

Sam is a PhD candidate in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a great interest in getting involved across sciences to build a strong network in Chicago. Sam’s hobbies include hiking, traveling and live music!

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