From founder Elizabeth Cullum to current Physician-in-Chief Lisa DeAngelis, women have been central to MSK’s 135-year history. They continue to make MSK the world-class institution it is today. MSK leaders recognize the need to attract and support outstanding female scientists and clinicians.

Photo: In May 2018, women leaders from across MSK gathered for a photo shoot for the cover of our flagship publication, MSK News. The issue highlighted the contributions that these women have made as scientists, doctors, and nurses.

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Women at MSK

From the May 2018 issue


Dana Pe'er

Dana Pe’er

Maria Jasin

Molecular biologist Maria Jasin (second from left), winner of the 2019 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine


Recent Honors and Awards

Dana Pe’er, Chair of the Computational and Systems Biology Program in SKI, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She is one of 33 awardees for 2021, chosen from among more than 800 applicants. Each HHMI investigator will receive approximately $9 million over a seven-year term. 

Direna Alonso Curbelo, a postdoctoral fellow in Scott Lowe’s lab in SKI, has been named a winner of the 2021 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists in the “Life Sciences” category.

SKI researchers Regina Bou Puerto and Mijin Kim are recipients of the 2021 Marie-Josée Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (Kravis WiSE) fellowship grants. 

Physician-scientist Katharine Hsu has been named director of the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program, a joint program between Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Sloan Kettering Institute molecular biologist Maria Jasin was awarded the 2019 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine. Dr. Jasin was recognized for her work showing that localized double-strand breaks in DNA stimulate recombination in mammalian cells. This seminal work paved the way for contemporary genome-editing tools such as CRISPR.

Women of GSK

GSK Women in Science Board (from left to right): Emily Kansler, Stella Paffenholz, Florisela Herrejon Chavez, and Gemma Regan-Mochrie.


Training and Support 

Students and postdoctoral fellows who come to MSK can expect mentorship opportunities with female scientists who are leaders in their fields. Ushma Neill, Vice President of Scientific Education and Training at MSK, is a valuable resource for incoming and current trainees.

The Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosts a Women in Science group for graduate students. Its mission is to promote support for women in science and encourage open dialogue to help address their unique needs and concerns.

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