Women in Science – Integrative Biology introduces two new Board members

Here at Integrative Biology we are happy to announce two new Editorial Board members, who will join our current team of high profile scientists from around the world, adding new insight and expertise to the mix.

Both from the USA, Shayn Peirce-Cottler, Virginia Biomedical Engineering, and Christina Smolke, Stanford School of Medicine, have between them published over 100 peer reviewed articles, in journals including Science, PNAS, Cell and Nature Biotechnology. Read on to learn more about our two latest team members…

Shayn Peirce-Cottler studied her undergraduate course at John Hopkins University before going onto complete her PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia. Shayn now works as an Associate Professor at Virginia, where she is the Principal Investigator in her lab researching vascular and tissue systems engineering. Shayn’s lab group combine experimental models with computational models to develop new approaches in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Within this broad framework, the group has a particular focus on the microcirculatory system and the adaptation of microvascular networks in both health and disease. Recent publication successes have focused on multi-scale computational modeling of blood vessel growth and adaptation, the role of immune cells during arteriogenesis in the setting of bioimplants and tissue ischemia, and the therapeutic potential of stem cells in vascular regeneration.

In addition to her research group, Shayn is a member of the Cardiovascular Research Centre, which was established to expand basic, translational and clinical research in cardiovascular diseases.

Christina Smolke studied at the University of South California before moving to UC Berkely for post-graduate study. Christina now runs her own lab group at Stanford University, where the focus is on complex gene regulatory networks and the development of sophisticated gene expression technologies. Her group make use of interdisciplinary approaches, which include biomolecular design, synthetic biology and cellular engineering, with research spanning the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical biology and bioengineering.

In 2006, Christina was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, followed by the World Technology Award in Biotechnology by the World Technology Network, in 2009. Recent publications from Christina’s group have focused on chemical biology of aptamers, signaling networks in cell fate, the molecular tools for chemical biotechnology and synthetic genetic systems.

Do some of Shayn or Christina’s research interests fit with your own? If so, we’d like to hear from you! Find out more about the scope of the journal here, or send your abstract for consideration to ibiology-rsc@rsc.org.

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