Doing Science Like a Woman
March 4th, 14:20–15:20
Despite multiple efforts to promote gender equality in the exact and life sciences, to date, we still see a severe underrepresentation of women in high level positions (such as Principal Investigators) in these academic fields. There are many different reasons affecting women representation in science, and so we need multiple solutions to enable science to enjoy true diversity. I will discuss my own journey in science with insights on the complexities of females in academia and solutions that I have found. I will focus on my mission to express my own, feminine, voice and „do science like a woman“.
Prof. Maya Schuldiner
Incumbent of the Dr. Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling Professorial Chair in Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot, Israel
Prof. Maya Schuldiner was born in Israel. She graduated magna cum laude with a BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1998. She went on to complete both her MSc and a PhD in genetics, also at the Hebrew University, in 1999 and 2003. Maya conducted postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Jonathan Weissman at the University of California in San Francisco from 2003 until 2008, when she joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She has been a tenured associate professor since 2015 at the department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Full Professor since 2020.
Schuldiner serves as a reviewing editor in eLife and is a member of the editorial board of Life Science Alliance, Current Opinion in Cell Biology, BBA-Molecular Cell Research, PLoS Biology and Science Open. Schuldiner received a Human Frontiers Science Program Career Development Award in 2008 and became a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme in 2011 and of EMBO in 2017. She received three consecutive European Research Council grants (StG in 2010, CoG in 2015 and in 2020). Schuldiner is also the recipient of the FEBS Anniversary and National prizes (2015, 2017) and the EMBO Gold Medal award (2017). She was elected a member of Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences and will be awarded the Jean Vance award for breakthrough discoveries in the contact site field this 2020. Schuldiner currently holds the Dr. Omenn and Martha Darling Professorial Chair in Molecular Genetics.
Maya Schuldiner is Married to scientist Oren Schuldiner from the Dept. of Molecular Cell Biology also at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Together they are dedicated to combining their career with raising their three children: Daniel, Noam and Mattan.