History of Women in Pathology


Women in Pathology is a 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 addresses 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 provides innovative opportunities for engagement by women in science to participate in productive networking, development of meaningful professional partnerships, and mentoring.

Women in Pathology is led by a diverse group of scientists – Dr. Pilar Alcaide (Tufts University), Dr. Jennifer Sanders (Brown University), Nakisha Rutledge (PhD candidate at Northwestern University), and Dr. Francisco Carrillo-Salinas (Tufts University). These co-leaders reflect the cross section of scientists within the ASIP membership and 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 (lmcfadden@asip.org). Otherwise, you can elect to join Women in Pathology when you renew your membership through MemberClicks.

Women in Pathology can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 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.

Moving forward, we anticipate that Women in Pathology will contribute substantially 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.