Women in Pathology is a new community within the membership of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) that is focused on issues that face women in science, and is committed to recognizing women’s scientific achievements and fostering their career development and advancement in pathobiology research. Women in Pathology will address challenges for women in science at every stage of career and life – as trainees, as active biomedical researchers, during transitions into career breaks required for family life, during transitions back into professional life as a mother, and as advanced investigators. Women in Pathology will provide innovative opportunities for engagement by women in science to participate in productive networking, development of meaningful professional partnerships, and mentoring.
Women in Pathology will be led by a diverse group of women scientists – Dr. Linda McManus (University of Texas Health San Antonio), in conjunction with Dr. Pilar Alcaide (Tufts University) and Nakisha Rutledge (PhD candidate at Northwestern University). These co-leaders reflect the diversity of women scientists within the ASIP membership and will provide strong connections to the ASIP membership at-large, its elected leadership, and professional staff. Each of these co-leaders is actively engaged in the ASIP, contributing to the Society’s many activities and events, and currently serves (or has served) in its leadership.
Any ASIP member (woman or man) from any membership category (Regular, NextGen, Trainee, etc.) who supports the mission of Women in Pathology is eligible for membership and is encouraged to join. If you are a current ASIP member and would like to join, please email Lisa McFadden. Otherwise, you can elect to join Women in Pathology when you renew your membership through MemberClicks.
Women in Pathology will have a presence on the new ASIP website (coming soon), on Facebook , Instagram, and other social media outlets. We encourage all of our members to like the Facebook page and follow the other social media sites to receive information of interest and updates from the group.
Women in Pathology will also be featured prominently at our scientific meetings. During PISA 2020 in Boston, MA, we will host a Women in Pathology Networking Social and Reception on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 PM. Please make plans to attend PISA 2020 and participate in this important kickoff event.
Moving forward, we anticipate that Women in Pathology will contribute to our scientific meetings by co-organizing scientific sessions (in conjunction with various Scientific Interest Groups), as well as educational and career development events (in conjunction with the Committee for Career Development and Diversity and the Education Committee). We also look forward to development of various programs to recognize the research achievements and promote career progression of ASIP members affiliated with Women in Pathology.
Linda McManus, PhD, is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Pathology and Periodontics at the University of Texas Health San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) where she also serves as the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Dr. McManus is a longstanding member of the ASIP and has served many years in leadership, including as President, Secretary-Treasurer, member of Council, and Chair of several committees (many years as Education Chair). Dr. McManus also served in the leadership of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), where she was Treasurer. At UT Health San Antonio, Dr. McManus has directed a NIH-sponsored research training program (T32) for postdoctoral fellows in cardiovascular pathobiology for over 2 decades. Presently, she directs a NIH training program (TL1) that supports trainees in translational science, as well as an institutional K12 program (IRACDA) for postdoctoral trainees. She currently serves on the GREAT Group Postdoctorate Leaders Section Steering Committee of the AAMC and represents ASIP on the FASEB Training and Career Opportunities Subcommittee. Dr. McManus received her PhD in Experimental Pathology from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1978, completed postdoctoral training at UT Health San Antonio in 1980, and then joined the pathology faculty. Her main research interests focus on the cellular and molecular regulation of inflammatory events in tissue injury and regeneration.
Maria Pilar Alcaide, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA). Dr. Alcaide is a current member of the ASIP Council as a Councilor At-large. She received the ASIP Cotran Early Career Investigator Award in 2018. This award recognizes early career investigators with demonstrated excellence. Dr. Alcaide received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain, where she studied the immunological aspects of Trypanosoma cruzi infection, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease. As a recipient of a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Alcaide trained in vascular biology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she studied the mechanisms regulating immune cell trafficking to sites of inflammation. After completion of her postdoctoral research training, Dr. Alcaide was appointed to Instructor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, where she successfully competed for a “Pathway to Independence NIH K99/R00 Award”. In September 2011, Dr. Alcaide joined the faculty at the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, and started her independent research program as an Assistant Professor. In May of 2016, she joined the Department of Immunology at Tufts University as an Associate Professor. Dr. Alcaide’s research focuses in understanding the role of T lymphocytes in heart inflammation and their impact in the progression of heart failure, with the ultimate goal of unveiling new pathways that can potentially be targeted in therapeutic useful ways. Her research has been continuously funded by grants from the American Heart Association (AHA), the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and other private foundations. In addition to research, Dr. Alcaide is committed to teaching and mentoring. She is the Director of the Inflammatory Chronic Diseases course at the Tufts Sackler School for Graduate Studies and actively participates in graduate education and mentoring. Most of her trainees have received awards from the AHA, the NIH, FASEB, and ASIP. Dr. Alcaide serves in NIH study sections, including the Mentored Transition to Independence (MTI), which discusses scientific applications of the new upcoming independent research scientists. Dr. Alcaide is also a member of the AHA Early Career Committee, with the mission of promoting career development of young scientists, and a participant mentor of the ASIP Mentoring Program.
Nakisha Rutledge is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University (Chicago, Illinois). Nakisha currently serves on the ASIP Committee for Career Development and Diversity. She received a BS in Biochemistry from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) in 2013. Her undergraduate research focused on the identification of natural products as potential therapeutic targets for prostate cancer. During the summer of 2013, Nakisha worked as a research assistant at the Perinatology Research Branch at Wayne State University. Nakisha’s PhD research is centered around the characterization of the adhesion molecule CD99L2 as a regulator of inflammation (funded through a National Research Service Award-F31 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). She has been a member of ASIP since 2017 and received the Promoting Diversity in Science Travel Award to attend the ASIP 2018 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology. Nakisha strives to increase diversity in STEM through actively mentoring underrepresented minorities through scientific community outreach and volunteerism.