2019-2020 GWIS – RT Officers

President: Kony Chatterjee

I’m a PhD student at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. My research focuses on developing smart electronic textiles (fabrics of the future!). I am honored to continue serving as President for GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter. I have made some invaluable connections, and realized the strong support that women in STEM can extend to each other. I want to continue serving GWIS-RT and help expand STEM outreach work to communities that are sometimes excluded from science. Other than science and outreach, I’m very passionate about animal welfare, yoga, and hiking.

Vice-President: Jessica Wilson

I was born and raised in Garner, North Carolina.  I graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters in Biology, specifically, cell biology and a minor in Spanish. I am passionate about Biology and sharing science with others. Currently I am working as a Research Assistant at the Center for Integrated Pest Management. When I am not at work I enjoy travelling, going to the beach, and helping out with various community activities.  

Secretary: Jordan Tabor

I am a third year PhD student at North Carolina State University. My background is in Textile Engineering and I am currently working on my PhD in Fiber Polymer Science. I enjoy science outreach, volunteering, and networking with others in the STEM community.  

Treasurer: Rita Tejada Vaprio

I am a second year PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University. My research focuses on developing a microfluidic platform for the study of traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease using the model organism C. elegans.  In addition to research, I enjoy cooking, playing board games and spending time with my family. I look forward to positively impacting the Research Triangle community through STEM outreach.

Membership Secretary: Nyssa Tucker

Nyssa is a closeted philosopher who began her journey into sciences through the works of Carl Sagan and Steven Pinker, whose works introduced the idea that there is both space and need for ethical reasoning in science – especially in integrating facts and hypotheses into theories about the emergence and future of the human race. She was raised in Hope Mills NC and earned dual science degrees from Meredith College, yet has lived roughly a third of her life outside of the state in places as disparate as Hawai’i and Copenhagen, with the longest stint of four years placing her in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. Her work within the EPA began just under a year ago working with Brian Chorley in the development of an in-vitro model for the potential susceptibility factor, fatty liver disease. She is applying to local PhD programs for 2020- and she is excited to be back in North Carolina.

Collaborations Coordinator: Laetitia Meyrueix

I am a Bay Area native who moved to the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill to pursue my Ph.D. in Nutrition. I am in my fourth year of the program and I study the effect of diabetes during pregnancy on the placental epigenome and development. I consider myself an interdisciplinary scholar and am at best when learning new ways to address a question.  I am passionate about science communication, social justice, and reading.