Women In cancer reSEarch (WISE)

The Women In cancer reSEarch (WISE) group is designed for women interested in pursuing a career in cancer biomedical research who are currently working in cancer-focused labs. We are looking to provide mentorship to women – specifically senior Graduate students, Post-docs, and Instructors – who are interested in continuing a career in biomedical research (in both academic and non-academic settings). We hope to create a welcoming environment to exchange advice and ideas regarding how to move to the next level.

WISE hosts a combination of formal talks and discussions on topics such as career development, grant writing, starting a lab, etc., as well as informal gatherings for socializing and networking.


Meetings are typically held the 3rd week of each month. Refreshments will be provided.

Date Location Topic Speakers
Friday, June 21, 1:30-3 pm BJCIH, 11th floor, Conference Room A/B Communicating Your Science Clearly and Effectively Mychal Voorhees, Senior Health Communication Specialist, WUSM
Monica Sala-Rabanal, PhD, Senior Science Communication Specialist, WUSM
July Summer Break
August TBD



Laura Schuettpelz, MD, PhD

Dr. Laura Schuettpelz is a Professor of Pediatrics and Developmental Biology. She received her MD and PhD degrees from Northwestern University prior to coming to Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 to complete her clinical training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. She did her postdoctoral training in Dr. Daniel Link’s lab, and started her own lab in 2013. Her group focuses on understanding how inflammation regulates hematopoietic stem cells and contributes to hematopoietic malignancies. Outside of running her lab, Dr. Schuettpelz treats children with leukemias and lymphomas. She is also the Director of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program, and co-leader of the Siteman Hematopoietic Development and Malignancy Program.


Nicole White, PhD

White NicoleDr. Nicole White is an Assistant Professor of Medicine focusing on long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) in solid tumor progression. She received her PhD in Pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University in 2007. It was during her postdoctoral research at Washington University under Christopher Maher, PhD that she learned about and started studying lncRNA biology and cancer genomics. Her current work is focused on small peptides, and their functions, within lncRNAs with continued collaborations with experts in bioinformatics and translational breast cancer research.

Contact Us

Please email [email protected] with any questions about our Women In cancer reSEarch (WISE) group.