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Women in Medicine & Science Committee Membership

Committee Chairs

Jacqueline Barker, PhD

Jacqueline Barker, PhD: Pharmacology & Physiology

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
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Jacqueline Barker, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Barker’s primary research interest is in dissecting the neural circuits that contribute to the development of neuropsychiatric illnesses characterized by inflexible behavior. Her lab combines traditional and cutting-edge techniques to investigate how these circuits function in an intact system to mediate behavioral flexibility, and how deficits in control over actions may result from insults such as drug and alcohol exposure.

Dr. Barker is particularly excited to be a part of the Women in Medicine and Science Committee because she loves the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with strong women pushing to create change in their fields. We have heard for years about “leaky pipelines” that result in women leaving science at higher rates than men, but little has been done to stop women from being pushed out of these careers. Dr. Barker feels that it is inspiring and powerful to be a part of a committee of women taking the steps to reduce power differentials and promote equity.

Vanessa Pirrone, PhD

Vanessa Pirrone, PhD

 
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
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Faculty Membership

Jessica Barson, PhD

Jessica Barson, PhD

 
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
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Kelly Brenan, PhD

Kelly Brenan, MD: Neurobiology & Anatomy

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
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Blair Dickinson, MD, MS, FAAP

Blair Dickinson, MD: Pediatrics

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Pediatrics
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Dr. Dickinson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Drexel University College of Medicine, and received a master of science degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. After completing pediatric residency training and chief residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, she joined the Section of Hospital Medicine. She is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, associate director of the Pediatric Residency program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. She is the 2015 recipient of the Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD, Fellowship, supporting her research in smoking cessation efforts in the inpatient setting. Her other scholarly work focuses on lactation support, leadership skills and professional development. She is co-chair of the planning committee of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors' Chief Resident Forum.

As a junior faculty member, Blair is thrilled to be part of WIMSC in order to support female faculty development and networking opportunities across the university and beyond.

Hannah Mishkin, MD

 
Department: Emergency Medicine, Tower Health

Ellen Mitchell, MD

Ellen Mitchell, MD

 
Department: Pediatrics

Andréia C. K. Mortensen, PhD

Andréia C. K. Mortensen, PhD

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
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Jyoti A. Pillai, MD

Jyoti Pillai, MD

 
Title: Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department: Neurology
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Ad Hoc Membership

Krysta Brown, DO

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department:
Medicine, Tower Health

Mitzie Grant, PhD

Mitzie Grant, PhD

 
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Psychiatry
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Elise M. Mosser, PhD

Elise Mosser, PhD: Microbiology and Immunology

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
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Debra Powell, MD

 
Title: Assistant Professor
Department:
Medicine, Tower Health

Rita Shaughnessy, MD, PhD

Rita Shaughnessy, MD, PhD

 
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Psychiatry
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Cecilia M. Smith, DO

Cecilia M. Smith, DO: Medicine

 
Title: Professor and Interim Academic Chair
Department: Medicine
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Cecilia M. Smith, DO, is professor and interim academic chair of the Department of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. Trained in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Smith is the chair of the Department of Medicine at Reading Hospital, Tower Health.

Ex-Officio Membership

Mary Anne Delaney, MD

Mary Anne Delaney, MD

 
Title: Associate Dean; Professor of Psychiatry
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Michele Kutzler, PhD

Michele Kutzler, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

 
Title: Associate Dean for Faculty; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
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Donna N. McNelis, PhD

Donna N. McNelis, PhD

 
Title: Associate Dean for Professionalism and Continuing Education; Professor of Psychiatry
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Nancy Spector, MD

Nancy Spector, MD

 
Title: Vice Dean for Faculty; Professor of Pediatrics
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Research Associate & Student Membership

Jill Lawrence

Jill Lawrence, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

 
GSA Representative; PhD student, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Roshell Muir, PhD

Roshell Muir, PhD

 
Postdoctoral Representative

Dr. Muir is a research associate in infectious diseases and HIV medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, having previously completed postdoctoral work in human immunology at Drexel and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. Dr. Muir completed her PhD in medicine with a concentration in immunology at Queen’s University Belfast; she presented her PhD thesis and published her work on the identification of type 3 innate lymphoid cells in the lung during acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). She has also successfully published during her postdoctoral research on the role of T-helper- B cell responses in acute HIV infection and collaborated on multiple projects and co-authored multiple publications with colleagues at Drexel, as well as collaborators from other universities and institutes including the Thai Red Cross and Military HIV Research program. Dr. Muir also mentors junior and senior graduate students in the lab, and serves as a judge at Drexel’s Discovery Day, as well as the Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference.

Dr. Muir sits as a representative on the Women in Medicine and Science Committee because she is passionate about advocating for women’s issues and diversity in the workplace. She is very keen on many of the initiatives that WIMSC is undertaking, and through some of these initiatives, would like to highlight and promote the need for more mentoring and sponsorship of invisible scholars and future faculty.

Jyotsna Natarajan

 
AMWA Representative; MD Program

Mitali Shah

 
AMWA Representative; MD Program

Kayla Socarrás

Kayla Socarrás

 
GSA Representative

 
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