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A panel discussion for concrete ideas, real solutions, and strategies for overcoming adversity.

Women in STEM fields face unique challenges and are often acutely aware of the role their gender plays as they progress both personally and professionally through their careers. The second annual Women in Science Panel Discussion will be an opportunity for our ISSCR community to come together to talk about these challenges and try to identify solutions to effect positive change. Hear diverse perspectives from an esteemed panel of successful female researchers who will share their experiences, insights, and advice for overcoming gender bias and gender-related adversity. You will also have the opportunity for small group discussions to brainstorm additional strategies with fellow attendees.

Recognizing that it takes more than the efforts of women to achieve gender equity in the workplace, we would like to have a conversation with the entire ISSCR community. We welcome all voices to join us for this important discussion.

Registration included in annual meeting registration


Friday, 26 June, Time TBD

All are welcome to attend.

Registration: Included with ISSCR 2020 Virtual Meeting registration




Christine Mummery, PhD
Professor of Developmental Biology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Physicist-turned-stem cell biologist Christine Mummery uses human pluripotent stem cells to understand the underlying causes and progression of heart disease and uncover new treatments. She was editor-in-chief of the ISSCR journal, Stem Cell Reports, from its inception in 2013 through 2018, co-founder of Ncardia, and sits on advisory boards of several biotech companies.

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Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD
Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Sangeeta Bhatia is a biomedical researcher and biotech entrepreneur who works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. She is a passionate inventor and advocate for diversity in science and engineering, winning the Heinz Medal for groundbreaking inventions and advocacy for women in STEM fields.


Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD
President, Vision Care Inc., Japan

Masayo Takahashi has been a pioneer in using induced pluripotent stem cells to treat age-related macular degeneration. She was awarded the Ogawa-Yamanaka Prize in Stem Cell Biology in 2015 and was named one of five “scientists to watch in 2014” by Nature Magazine. She is now the president of a start-up company with the ultimate goal of bringing stem cell therapies to patients.


Rana Dajani, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Hashemite University, Jordan 

Rana Dajani helped establish stem cell research ethics law in Jordan, organized the first gender summit for the Arab world in 2017, and has received many honors including being one of the most influential women scientists in the Islamic World. Her book, “Five scarves, Doing the Impossible,” shares her experience as a female Arab Muslim scientist.

Reactions to Last Year's Women in Science Luncheon


Women in Science Luncheon was 'the event' of the whole meeting. The luncheon was truly inspirational and should be scheduled for the coming meetings.”

2019 Women in Science attendee

So inspiring to hear from Christine [Mummery], a true inspiration to whom I owe kick starting my career as a scientist. The stories of these incredible women really empower trainees as myself to speak up and to trust in ourselves. I’m where I am today because of me.”

Ana Rita Leitoguinho, PhD candidate 
Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia

Loved the Women in Science lunch at #ISSCR2019 thank you to all the panelists, the women in the room at every stage of their career, to all the women who came before me and helped breaking the glass ceiling and to all the women supporting other women! 

Francesca Soncin, PhD
University of California, San Diego, USA