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BioME is organizing our third annual Women in Bioscience event on June 23, 2020 from 3:00-4:30PM via Zoom Webinar. The event will feature a moderated panel discussion of acclaimed female scientists and entrepreneurs focusing on success stories, career advantages and obstacles for Maine women in bioscience. We will also talk about adjusting to work environment in the midst of global pandemic.

The goal of this event is to share achievements and challenges, along with practical concepts to advance women in the bioscience industry. Additionally, we aim to inspire a younger audience to pursue a career in this industry by highlighting the numerous career options and companies throughout Maine.

Join us for an amazing panel discussion followed by networking.



Dr. Jenn Monti, Attending Cardiologist, MaineHealth
Dr Jennifer Monti is a cardiologist at MaineHealth and the clinical lead of the innovation group. She has experience starting two medical device companies and serves on the advisory board for two startups in the cardiovascular space. Her clinical interests include cardiogenetics and echocardiography. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in biochemistry from Harvard College and her doctorate in medicine and masters in public health from Case Western Reserve University. She completed internal medical residency at Johns Hopkins-Bayview and her general cardiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Cumberland with her partner, two children, and one fish.


Dr. Meghan May, Professor – Microbiology & Infectious Disease, University of New England

Dr. May was appointed in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England College of Medicine in 2013. She was previously appointed in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University from 2010-2013, and held the Fisher Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences from 2012-2013, and was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow and then a research assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology at the University of Florida. Dr. May earned her B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pathobiology and Bacteriology (respectively) from the University of Connecticut. Her research focus is on the evolution of virulence, not only to determine how new diseases appear and where they come from but also how to predict what new disease might arise next — pathogen forecasting. Dr. May is a Co-Principal Investigator on a research grant from National Science Foundation, a past-chair of the American Society for Microbiology’s Division G, the chair of the International Research Programme in Comparative Mycoplasmology’s Molecular Genetics Team, and an elected member of the International Committee for the Systematics of Prokaryotes (Mollicutes Taxonomy Subcommittee). She is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications, 15 invited book chapters, numerous editorials in both scientific and popular press, and has given several platform presentations at national and international meetings.


Lauren Celano, Founder & CEO, Propel Careers

Lauren Celano is the Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm in Boston, founded in 2009. Lauren has worked with thousands of students, postdocs, medical residents and professionals to advance their careers and with > 50 companies to help them hire talent.  Before Propel, she spent about 10 years in life sciences advancing drug molecules through SNBL USA, Aptuit, Quintiles, and Absorption Systems. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a focus in the health sector and entrepreneurship from Boston University. Lauren is the Vice-Chair on the Board of MassBioEd and the Advisory Boards of the Boston University School of Public Health Pharmaceuticals Program, the Professional Science Masters Program at Framingham State University and NE GWISE. She also serves on the selection committee for the Life Sciences Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award since 2014 with the Immigrant Learning Center.


Dr. Janet Yancey-Wrona, Senior Marketing Manager of Testing Solutions, Lonza

Janet currently works as the Senior Marketing Manager for Testing Solutions at Lonza. This position follows a variety of management positions and board involvement at a number of life sciences companies in Maine. Janet began her professional career as a research scientist at IDEXX. Since then she served as the founding President and Director of the Maine Technology Institute, overseeing more than $40 million in investments supporting research and development in Maine-based companies. She has managed two pharmaceutical start-ups, a research products company and served in several marketing roles at Maine Manufacturing (now GVS North America). She consulted for a number of small biotechnology companies in Maine, helping develop business plans and raise operational funding. Janet’s background includes Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees in biology from Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina, respectively, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.


Dr. Kristy Townsend, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, University of Maine, moderator

Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. trained as a neuroscientist and has been investigating how the brain and nervous system affect physiological energy balance for more than 15 years.  Currently an Associate Professor of Neurobiology at University of Maine, Townsend oversees a laboratory of 15-20 students at various levels of study, and also teaches Introduction to Neuroscience and an upper level Cell Biology course.  Research in the Townsend Laboratory is focused on mechanisms of adult neural plasticity and neurogenesis, as well as how the brain talks to adipose (or, fat) tissues via peripheral nerves.  These investigations inform the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. The lab recently became more interested in the impacts of dietary fats and aging on energy balance and peripheral nerve function.  Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, Townsend was a postdoctoral fellow and then junior faculty member at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston.  While there, she was the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Junior Faculty Award.  Visit ktownsendlab.com for more information.

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