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

I am a post-bacc trainee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assisting with in-vitro assay development. Contributing to the preservation of human and ecological health is rewarding to me, and I plan to continue studying toxicology/ pharmacology at a local university in the coming years. Outreach efforts through young adult mentoring as well as community
participation in GWIS help to connect me to the larger world of both aspiring and established scientists. I am excited to work as GWIS RT’s membership secretary in the coming year. During my offtime hours I enjoy taking care of my plants and attending music performances.

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.