Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a perfect time to examine the work and contributions of Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a French virologist who helped discover HIV and its links to the disease today known as AIDS.

Martha Chase

It is said that much of our current research into genetic theory is rooted in the work of Dr. Martha Chase and a colleague and their “blender experiment.”

Catherine Woteki

Dr. Catherine Woteki is the current undersecretary for the USDA Research, Education and Economics mission area.

Ruth Patrick

Dr. Ruth Patrick contributions to ecology are numerous and include the initiation of the creation of the New Taxon file for the classification of diatoms and the Literature Citation File as a record of the scientific publication pertaining to existing as well as newly named diatoms.

Treena Livingston Arinzeh

Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh has always had a passion for math and science. But when her high school teacher suggested she pursue engineering, she couldn’t picture it because she had never met an African American engineer. Luckily for medical science, she gave engineering a try.

Kristine Larsen

Dr. Kristine Larsen is an astronomer that uses popular culture to draw people into the sciences and has written books and journal articles on these topics and in 2017 will publish a book focused on women who popularized geology in the 19th Century.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is a fighter pilot, engineer, and holder of the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.

Libusha Kelly

Sources: Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Libusha Kelly Kelly Lab LinkedIn: Libusha Kelly See Also: Twitter: @microbegrrl Google Scholar: Libusha Kelly

Melanie Harrison-Okoro

Using social media, Dr. Melanie Harrison-Okoro hopes to engage readers on topics of environmental science including areas like water pollution and invasive species.

Adelaide de Almeida

Dr. Adelaide de Almeida is an associate professor of physics at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil who studies radiation and dosimetry.

Kalpana Chawla

Born in Punjab, India, Dr. Kalpana Chawla was always interested in flying. Three years after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, she was among the 15th class of potential astronauts and she was the first Indian-American women to travel to space.

Judith Vaitukaitis

Dr. Judith Vaitukaitis jokes that if her name had gone on the product created as a result of her research no one would be able to pronounce it. That product was the first home pregnancy test.

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