The 2023 Marie-Josée Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (WiSE) Symposium

2 p.m. to 6 p.m., March 9, 2023, Zuckerman Research Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is pleased to present the fourth annual Marie-Josée Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (WiSE) Symposium. This series of scientific talks from female leaders in their fields will take place in person March 9, 2023. The event is free and open to all.

Kravis WiSE is a multifaceted initiative designed to support women in science and promote gender equity at MSK and beyond.

Learn more about Kravis WiSE at MSK.

Event Program

  • 2:00 p.m. | Welcome by Ushma Neill, PhD
  • 2:05 p.m. | Donita Brady, PhD, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2:50 p.m. | Gayathri Shibu, Brown Lab, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  
  • 3:10 p.m. | Andrea Schietinger, PhD, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • 3:55 p.m. | Emmanuelle Passegué, PhD, Columbia University Stem Cell Initiative
  • 4:40 p.m. | Yanan Ma, PhD, Niethammer Lab, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • 5:00 p.m. | Leslie Vosshall, PhD, The Rockefeller University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 6:00 p.m. | Closing remarks by Ushma Neill, PhD


4th annual Kravis WiSE Symposium

to , March 9, 2023

Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center
ZRC Auditorium
417 E. 68th St.
New York, NY 10065

Symposium Speakers

Donita Brady, PhD

  • Harrison McCrea Dickson, M.D. and Clifford C. Baker, M.D. Presidential Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology
  • Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Research Training
  • Vice Chair for Inclusion and Equity, Department of Cancer Biology
  • Associate Investigator, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute

Talk title: “Copper Metabolism Directly Influences Kinase Functionality to Modulate Signal Transduction in Cancer”

Learn more about Dr. Brady

Donita Brady, PhD

Donita Brady, PhD


Andrea Schietinger, PhD

  • Associate Member, Immunology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Talk title: “T Cell Stemness and Differentiation in Cancer and Autoimmunity”

Learn more about Dr. Schietinger

Andrea Schietinger, PhD

Andrea Schietinger, PhD


Emmanuelle Passegué, PhD

  • Director, Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, Columbia University

Talk title: “Understanding Hematopoietic Stem Cell Aging”

Learn more about Dr. Passegué

Emmanuelle Passegué, PhD

Emmanuelle Passegué, PhD


Leslie B. Vosshall, PhD

  • Robin Chemers Neustein Professor, The Rockefeller University
  • Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Talk title: “Why are Some People More Attractive to Mosquitoes Than Others?”

Learn more about Dr. Vosshall

Leslie B. Vosshall

Leslie B. Vosshall, PhD


Kravis WiSE Postdoctoral Fellowship Winner

Yanan Ma, PhD

Postdoctoral research fellow, Niethammer Lab; Cell Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute

Talk title: “Identification and Characterization of an Unknown Enzyme 5-HEDH of Oxoeicosanoid Pathway in Innate Immune Wound Responses”

Learn more about Dr. Ma


Kravis WiSE Graduate Fellowship Winner

Gayathri Shibu

Graduate student, Brown Lab; Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Hospital

Talk title: “Revisiting the Role of AIRE in Peripheral Tolerance”

Learn more about Gayathri Shibu

A Conversation with Marie-Josée Kravis
Marie-Josée Kravis, MSK Board Vice Chair and SKI Board Chair, shares what motivated her to create the Kravis WiSE initiative.