GWIS Research Triangle Officer Elections

Make a difference! Vote NOW for our next generation of GWIS Research Triangle Officers! The polls will be open until 5 p.m. Monday June 19.

President: Susan Lyons, Ph.D.

Susan received B.S. degrees in biological sciences and journalism from Ohio University. She then received a Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. There, she investigated behavioral and neuroplasticity in songbirds. Susan currently works as a science curriculum designer at IXL Learning, a K-12 EdTech company. She is also the current GWIS Research Triangle treasurer. Susan is passionate about education, public outreach, and science communication. She loves that GWIS Research Triangle provides Triangle-wide networking and public outreach opportunities, and she wants to continue to help facilitate those opportunities.


Vice President: Emily Alice Woolard

I recently graduated from Meredith College where I earned a BS in Biology and Public Health and a BA in Psychology. When I started college, I was heavily involved in social psychology research, but soon began pursuing biology following an internship in a Danish MRI research hospital. I have since been doing research at the US Environmental Protection Agency for about a year and a half, starting in an animal behavior lab and now working as a post-bac on in vitro assay development. I am looking to apply for umbrella biology PhD programs this fall. I greatly enjoy service projects that involve bringing science to children in the community and have experience implementing several successful projects in the Raleigh area.

Photo courtesy of Meredith College


Secretary: Aminah Wali

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and I am currently finishing up my Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I study cancer drug discovery approaches and small molecule compounds that alter the chromatin structure and growth of cancer cells. In addition to lab work, I’m also involved in the UNC Science Writing and Communication club (SWAC), and I write for their blog The Pipettepen. I like working with others and talking about science, and I am passionate about translating research findings into more effective disease treatments. In my spare time, I enjoy DIY projects, animated movies, and spicy food.


Treasurer: Jessica LeRoy

I currently work at the Center for Integrated Pest Management on the Global Pest and Disease Database. I provide background information on pests of concern to help the USDA PERAL lab complete pest risk assessments. I am also a contributing member on the USDA PERAL weed risk assessment team. I have been volunteering with GWIS for over a year and would like to continue helping out the organization (either in a position or as a volunteer). I am also a member of the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals. I have experience working in various scientific fields and with dealing with different levels of government. For fun I like to go mountain biking with my husband and take our dog hiking. I also love to bake and decorate sugar cookies.


Liaison: Anita Rana, Ph.D.

Currently as postdoctoral fellow in Bio-informatic and Genomics Department with four years experience.





Membership Secretary: Kony Chatterjee

I’m pursuing my PhD in Fiber and Polymer Engineering at North Carolina State University in picturesque Raleigh. I am also about to receive my Master’s degree in Textile Engineering from the same institute. My undergraduate​ degre in Textile Engineering was from Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India. As a young undergrad I loved being involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities involving student bodies and therein lies my passion for engaging with women and men in various scientific backgrounds. GWIS inspires me everyday to work hard for my success and hopefully I can contribute to the growth of GWIS . In my free time I enjoy going on hikes with my dog – and the triangle does have some amazing hiking trails, engaging in yoga and weight training.