women in science

Aya Avishai-Yitshak

Aya Avishai-Yitshak is a graduate student studying psychology and neuroscience in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on implicit processes, motivation, and health behaviors including exercise, eating, weight-gain prevention, and smoking.

Elizabeth Olson

Elizabeth Olson is an associate professor of geography and global studies in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She recently received funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for her research on youth caregivers.

Destinee Grove

Senior Destinee Grove is an undergraduate researcher in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in exercise and sport science and psychology. Her research focuses on a collection of concussion measures like cognitive function, eye movement, and posture ability for athletes. She is a Morehead-Cain Scholar and also a research assistant at the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.

Elizabeth Dickinson

Elizabeth Dickinson is a clinical assistant professor of communication within the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, as well as an affiliated faculty member within the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology. She is also a 2016-17 Faculty Scholar with the UNC Carolina Women’s Center. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary and humanistic approaches to critical intercultural communication and recently has focused on how diversity, equity, and inclusion are created, performed, and resisted through communication.

Lucy Gorham

Lucy Gorham is the executive director of the UNC Center for Community Capital within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on the products, services, and public policies that hold promise for increasing the economic stability and upward mobility of low- and moderate-wealth households and communities.

Pranavi Sanka

Senior Pranavi Sanka is an undergraduate researcher in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in biology and computer science, with a minor in chemistry. Her research focuses on developing new therapies for a subset of breast cancer. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school with the goal to become a primary care physician.

Nancy Allbritton

Nancy Allbritton is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry and chair of the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on using techniques from chemistry, physics, engineering, and materials science to develop new technologies for biomedical applications.

Kaylyn Gootman

Kaylyn Gootman is a PhD student in the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Her research focuses on the interaction of groundwater and surface water, as well as geochemistry — the study of the chemical composition of rocks and minerals.

Erika Wise

Erika Wise is an associate professor of geography in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, head of the Climate & Tree Ring Environmental Science research group, and an affiliate faculty member within the Institute for the Environment. Her research focuses on tree ring patterns and deciphering what they tell us about climate change.