Women in Pathology Leadership Change

We are excited to welcome a new year and new leadership for Women in Pathology. Please help us welcome Francisco J Carrillo-Salinas, PhD and Jennifer Sanders, PhD as new Co-Leaders of Women in Pathology. Both have a passion for advocacy and will be a great asset. Nakisha Rutledge and Maria Pilar Alcaide, PhD will remain as excellent Co-Leaders.
One of our co-leaders, Linda McManus has retired from academic life and is taking a step back. We want to give special thanks to Dr. McManus for her service and wish her well on her new endeavors.

New Co-Leaders

Jennifer Sanders, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Sanders is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown University. Her research is focused on the signaling pathways and gene expression networks that regulate fetal liver development and liver regeneration to provide insight into the liver’s response to injury and dysregulated cell growth that occurs during the development of cancer.

Current projects in her laboratory include understanding how epigenetic regulation of the cellular phenotype of fetal hepatocytes contributes to the ability of these cells to repopulate injured adult liver and elucidating mechanisms of hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Dr. Sanders joined ASIP in 2010 and is an ASIP Ambassador, a member of the Program Committee and received a Summer Research Opportunity Program in Pathology award to fund an underrepresented undergraduate in her laboratory this summer. Dr. Sanders received her PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Brown University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Gastroenterology at Rhode Island Hospital and then joined the Pediatrics faculty at Brown University. Dr. Sanders is committed to graduate education and mentoring. She is co-Director of the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University and has been involved in developing grant programs for junior faculty members at Rhode Island Hospital. She also serves as a mentor in a summer enrichment program designed to expose high school students from nontraditional backgrounds to careers in basic and translational research through the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Brown University.


Francisco J Carrillo-Salinas, PhD

Francisco J Carrillo-Salinas, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA). Dr. Carrillo-Salinas is a current member of the ASIP. He has been the recipient of the ASIP Experimental Pathologist-in-Training (EPIT) Award in 2019, ASIP GALL Trainee Scholar Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research in 2018 and 2020 and ASIP A.D. Sobel Trainee Scholar Award in 2020. Dr. Carrillo-Salinas received his Master in Neuroscience and PhD in Neuroscience from Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain, where he studied the therapeutic efficacy of cannabinoid derivatives in experimental models of multiple sclerosis, and the role of gut microbiota in a viral model of multiple sclerosis. Then, he joined the Alcaide lab at Tufts University to study the role of gut microbiota alterations in T cell activation and in the progression of heart failure. During this time, Dr. Carrillo-Salinas was awarded with an American Heart Association Postdoctoral fellowship, which contributed to the development of his project. He has made one of his personal and professional objectives to be involved in mentoring activities and the incorporation of under-represented groups to STEM fields. He is a faithful supporter of women in STEM and participates in initiatives helping women bridge the STEM gender gap.



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