Meet the Officers

 

Allison Porman


  • WiSTEM position: President 

  • Role on campus: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics DepartmentAllisonPormanUpdated
  • Research: I am studying breast cancer and how a long noncoding RNA called HOTAIR targets specific genes to induce heterochromatin formation and cancer metastasis.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I love supporting women in science and making improvements to the current way that science functions. I am proud to be involved in a group that does such amazing things toconnect women in STEM across campus, throughout the local community, and nationally!
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Dancing, being in nature, and seeing live music

 

Shelly Jones


  • WiSTEM position: Vice President 

  • Role on campus:  Neuroscience PhD candidate
  • shellyResearch: I study the cellular circuitry underlying the sense of smell.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I’m in Women in STEM because I’m passionate about promoting diversity within STEM fields and helping create an inclusive community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: reading, singing Taylor Swift to my cat, traveling

 

Taylor Wallace


  • WiSTEM position: Secretary 

  • Role on campus:  PhD student (in cell biology, stem cells, and development)
  • Research: I study normal mammary gland developmental mechanisms, and howT Wallace these can go awry to contribute to breast cancer.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I believe that everyone has the right to be heard, and that by listening to one another and encouraging intersectionality, we can be better scientists and a better community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Hanging in my hammock, working with Denver’s unsheltered population, and hanging out with my husband and my dog!

 

Amber Thomas


  • WiSTEM position: Treasurer

  • Amber ThomasRole on campus: Professional Research Assistant in RNA Bioscience Initiative
  • Research: I study RNA systems biology and RNA binding proteins in the context of human steroidogenesis and disease.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I have a passion for educating others about science and encouraging younger students to be more involved in STEM.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: 1) Play with my adorable boston terrier, 2) Visit breweries and try different beers throughout Colorado, 3) Hiking and camping.

 

Jessica Ponder


  • WiSTEM position: Community Engagement 

  • Jessica PonderResearch: I study the mechanism of action of novel antileukemic compounds designed using a molecular scaffold derived from Feverfew (Tanacetum spp.) flowers.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I am passionate about using my position as a woman in STEM as a powerful force for good in the community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: I like to spend my weekends exploring Colorado with my husband and two girls, I am an avid urban gardener, and I enjoy mindfulness/yoga practice.

 

 

Sarah Tarullo


  • WiSTEM position: Outreach coordinator 

  • Role on campus: Cancer Biology PhD Candidate Sara Tarullo-1
  • Research: I study how certain proteins contribute and work to cause breast cancer cells to invade and cause breast cancer to become worse.
  • Why are you in women in stem? I am passionate about using my position as a woman in STEM as a powerful force for good in the community.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: I like to spend my weekends exploring Colorado with my husband and two girls, I am an avid urban gardener, and I enjoy mindfulness/yoga practice.

 

 

Abigail Armstrong


  • WiSTEM position: Administrative Liaison
  • AbigailArmstrongRole on campus:  Microbiology PhD student
  • Research: I study the gut microbiome
  • Why are you in women in stem?I fully believe that all formsof diversity make us better scientists and citizens. I want to create resources for men and women on our campus to promote diversity and create a support system as well as encourage the next generation of scientists that STEM careers can be for anyone.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: I’m a musician, stand-up comedienne, and avid hiker.

Ashley Bourke


  • WiSTEM position: Co-Founder

  • AshleyBourkeRole on campus: PhD Candidate in the Pharmacology program
  • Research: The overall goal of my work is to understand how neuronal proteins make it to the correct subcellular location, in the appropriate quantities, at the right time, and how neural activity coordinates this process.
  • Why are you in women in stem? Being involved in WiSTEM facilitates my goal of becoming a stronger advocate for the advancement of diversity in STEM fields. The motivation for starting the WiSTEM group originated from discussions with college friends and realizing the gender disparity in our experiences with career support from advisors. To put it simply, I started the WiSTEM group at CU Anschutz because I want to see more women being supported and succeeding in STEM.

  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM: Snowboarding, rock climbing, and knitting with my cats.

Callie Federer


  • WiSTEM position: Webmaster/Historianusual
  • Role on campus: Computational Biosciences Ph.D. Candidate
  • Research: I study theoretical models of working memory and biologically plausible machine learning algorithms.
  • Why are you in women in stem? Being in Women in STEM provides me with support, as well as opportunities to volunteer and give support to others.
  • 3 things you like to do besides STEM:  I enjoy outdoorsy adventures, playing with my puppy, and puzzling.