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2017 NCC – AWIS Annual Awards Banquet

It was a lovely event on the Bay — inspirational and filled with fun. Thanks to everyone who attended, and a round of applause for this year’s awardees…


Tuesday, May 2nd
Dominic’s at Oyster Point

360 Oyster Point Blvd
South San Francisco, CA

The AWIS Northern California Chapters joined together to celebrate the 23rd Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet. It was a lovely dinner on the Bay to celebrate the accomplishments of three outstanding women scientists!


Celebrating Inspirational Women

The awards recognized exemplary women scientists in the community that have combined their professional activities with the passion of helping other women in science. Here are our outstanding 2017 award recipients:

Olga_150x189 SHERRIE WILKINS AWARD – Olga Potopova, Ph.D. 

Olga is a life sciences executive with extensive scientific and management expertise in oncology, diagnostics, and laboratory medicine. Olga heads Cureline Group, a global translational CRO, located in the San Francisco Bay area, providing services for the biopharmaceutical and medical community working on development of precision medicine.

Fan_Yang_150x189 ELLEN WEAVER AWARD – Fan Yang, Ph.D.

Fan Yang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Bioengineering, and Director of Stanford Stem Cells and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory. Fan’s mentoring is exemplary in terms of the impact on women and minorities, with 80% of her current and former PhD trainees are women and 30% are first generation college students.

Laura_Smoliar_150x189JUDITH POOL AWARD – Laura Smoliar, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Smoliar is co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund, a new investment fund closely tied to UC Berkeley and its College of Chemistry. Laura has participated in peer mentoring groups, and has been invited to give presentations at AWIS, the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, and LinkedIn. She gives career advice about how to find, negotiate, and close on job offers.


MAY Chapter Meeting

May  Chapter  Meeting  at Novartis

Working Effectively with Researchers, Scientists, Engineers and Academics

Susan Christy, Phd

Working with researchers, scientists, engineers and academics takes special insights, approaches, creativity…and patience. For two decades, Susan Christy has specialized in working with this sector. She has researched work styles, mindsets, priorities and stressors – helping clients and their colleagues work together skillfully. She is currently presenting her findings and best practices to universities, laboratories and higher education conferences across the country. Her book is Working Effectively with Faculty: A Guidebook for Higher Education Staff and Managers.

Susan holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was a tenured Professor of Psychology at Asnuntuck College in Connecticut before starting her own business consulting for corporations and higher education. She has served as a Board Member of the Institute of Management Consultants;  Trustee of The California Institute of Integral Studies;  the Marin Chapter of the Association of University Women; Vice President of HighGain, Inc. – a San Francisco training firm; and as TV talk-show host.   Major clients include Stanford University and School of Medicine, UCSF, University of Michigan, UC Davis, University of Washington, Oregon Health and Science University, Notre Dame, and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm

Light supper and networking 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Register at

Registering with Eventbrite will say free – however fee will be collected at the door

Fee: $5 members and students, $10 non-members

Location: Novartis, 5400 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA

Parking is in front of the Building

***Click Here for DIRECTIONS***

Non-Scientists and Men Welcome


NCC AWIS 19th Annual Awards Banquet

You are cordially invited to enjoy an inspiring evening and lovely dinner party. This annual event, hosted by NCC-AWIS brings together 4 chapters to celebrate 3 distinguished women scientists as well as several outstanding students.
The event will start with hors d’ouvres in the sunny, bright foyer area. Dinner will be followed by speeches by a diverse and interesting group of awardees.  It will be an opportunity to meet and network with these ladies, their colleagues, and AWIS members and friends.

  • Keynote by Amy Herr, UC Berkeley professor using engineering to solve biology problems
  • The 2013 Judith Pool Award to Telle Whitney, PhD, CEO and President of the Anita Bourg Institute
  • The 2013 Ellen Weaver Award to Becket Feierbach, PhD, scientist in infectious disease and Genentech Inc.
  • The 2013 Sherrie Wilkins Award to Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD, Associate Director at BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), a non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives by accelerating the development of novel drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics coming from the biotechnology industry that address the unmet medical needs of the developing world.

WHEN:        Monday, May 6, 2013  6:00-9:30PM

WHERE:     Holiday Inn 275 S. Airport Blvd  South San Francisco, CA

COST:         $37.50 ($38.50 online)

MAP:           This link

Flyer:         Here


If you’d like to send payment for $37.50 by check, Please RSVP below and write check  to:  NCC AWIS  PO Box 6083  San Mateo, CA 94403  Questions, please email

March Chapter Meeting At Novartis

East Bay AWIS  is pleased to present Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD, PMP

Associate Director, Partnering & Scientific Affairs,  BIOVentures for Global Health

WIPO Re:Search – Sharing Innovation in theFight Against Neglected Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria affect more than 1.4 billion people.  This health statistic in turn affects mortality and the ability to earn a livelihood and function effectively in school. Often affected people live in abject poverty and sometimes in conflict zones. And some so called tropical diseases are now being seen here in the United States.

WIPO Re:Search is an initiative launched over a year ago to share innovation in the fight against neglected diseases. It consists of a consortium led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), several leading pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and research organizations world-wide to share innovation in the fight against neglected diseases.

BIOVentures for Global Health (BVGH) is focused on the 19 neglected tropical diseases on WHO’s list as well as malaria and tuberculosis. As the Partnership hub administrator, BVGH works with members to identify collaboration opportunities of mutual interest and facilitates communication between members to explore and establish collaborations.

Dr. Ramamoorthi will speak about the initiative and share examples of collaboration agreements developed between members since the launch of the initiative.


Dr. Ramamoorthi joined BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) in November 2011 as Manager, Scientific Affairs, with an extensive background in drug development, bacteriology, biotechnology, and engineering. Prior to joining BVGH, Dr. Ramamoorthi was a senior research analyst with the consulting firm Strategic Perspectives. Before that, Dr. Ramamoorthi worked with Bayer Corporation for more than five years, during which she served as a scientist and senior scientist, developing purification processes for antibodies and other complex proteins and bringing in platform technologies.

Dr. Ramamoorthi received her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Washington and at MIT. She is a registered patent agent and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. A native of India, where she received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, Dr. Ramamoorthi brings a developing world perspective to her professional endeavors.

Thursday March 28, 2013

Light Dinner and Networking at 6:30 pm

Presentation at 7:00 pm

Fee: $5 for members, $10 for non-members – Register at


Location: Novartis, 5400 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA

Parking is in front of the Building