TWISTER Community Event
Cane Ridge High School
Sat, Jan 26 9:00 am

TWISTER is coming to a high school near you! This year, we have even more chances for high school girls in the Nashville area to meet women working in STEAM fields and learn more about how to pursue those careers. Presenter Information: Linda May-Zhang, PhD  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Linda May-Zhang grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Winton Woods High School, a public high school that did not have as many resources as other schools. With hard work (often extra work), she obtained the opportunity to attend her college of choice, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), for her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. During this time, she worked on a number of engineering-based design projects, which she will introduce in her workshops. She then completed a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), after changing her mind and terminating her Ph.D. studies. During this time, she supervised a number of engineering design as well as research projects. After exploring her options and taking some time off, Linda worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology. There, she found a superb mentor who inspired her to think about science. She became very interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying human diseases. She subsequently applied for a Ph.D. program in the Biomedical Sciences and finished her studies in 2015. Her Ph.D. work examined different genetic factors that affected dietary fat and cholesterol absorption and how these factors relate to human disease. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Pharmacology studying pharmacological approaches to target dyslipidemia and treat diseases such as atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) or obesity. Linda is the first scientist (or engineer) in her family. Linda attributes her career development and success to her mentors along her academic journey. She aspires to be a good mentor to students trying to figure out their career and life goals, and hope to provide tools for their success. In her free time, Linda enjoys running and art. She is a mom of a wonderful 8-month-old boy. Cost Information: Registration is $10 and will include two hands-on presentations led by professional women in STEAM careers, lunch, and networking with other high school girls, and a TWISTER t-shirt to take home! Participants must pre-register to attend these satellite events. Open to girls in grades 9-12 only.

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