In an aritcle by San Francisco Business Times, "Women Who Lead in Life Sciences: Leaders in Their Field," the editors recognized UCSF Urology and Gladstone Institute scientist, Nadia Roan, PhD. Her work, focuses on studying how cells and secretions of the mucosa, particularly the genital mucosa, can affect immunity, infection by HIV, and reproductive health in general.
Explains Roan, "Our approaches include ex vivo tissue infection models, multi-parameter single-cell phenotyping (including both flow cytometry and mass cytometry), and global gene expression analysis. Our research is relevant for efforts to prevent HIV transmission and pathogenesis, and for efforts to obtain a better understanding of the molecular pathways in mucosal tissues that affect immunity and pathology."
The article briefly mentions her start in the sciences: "An undergraduate opportunity to work in a lab at UC Berkeley allowed Nadia Roan to discover her love of science and setting up experiments. This led her to biomedical research at Harvard Medical School and a fascination with how the immune system recognizes, responds to, and fights off infectious agents."
Since the beginning of his role as UCSF's Chair of the Department of Urology, Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH, has committed to supporting leading roles for women in the fields of health and science. "Giving opportunities for all to succeed is a key driver for ensuring the most important questions are explored. Supporting this vital engine of new ideas is essential for our future innovations in science."
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