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MBI Women In Science Initiative

The Mechanobiology Institute Women in Science (MBI-WIS) at the National University of Singapore is an organization of graduate students, staff, post-doctoral fellows and faculty dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all areas of science.

The goal of MBI WIS is to advance women in science and to discuss and make the research community aware of past, present and future challenges. We seek to increase the participation of women in science at all levels, and to enable the advancement and success of women scientists.

Our mission is to encourage the women of MBI, NUS, Singapore, and beyond to become involved in mentorship, networking and outreach, as well as participating in seminars and discussions on this topic. MBI WIS organizes events, such at the BIOS series of symposiums, and sponsors in-house Career talks for the benefit of our students and staff.

MBI WIS in the news

MBI’s Prof Linda Kenney was profiled in the March edition of NUS News regarding her role as notable Women in Science at NUS.

“A cause close to her heart is the MBI Women in Science (MBI-WIS) group, which she founded in 2013. Composed of graduate students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in the sciences in Singapore, MBI-WIS is dedicated to achieving equal and full participation of women in all areas of science. The group organises activities such as sharing sessions to learn from successful women and events aimed at increasing camaraderie, as well as the Biological Symposium (Bios) series featuring an impressive all-female lineup of speakers and panel discussions on science and women’s issues. MBI-WIS has also managed to push for at least 30 per cent female representation at all MBI-sponsored meetings and events.” Read the full article

The article appeared in the March 2017 edition of NUS News Highlights. It is the first of a five-part series by NUS News profiling some of the University’s powerful females making waves in STEM, launched in commemoration of International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Learn more about Prof Kenney’s research

MBI WIS Outreach and Events

An integral part of MBI WIS’s mission is the organization and promotion of events and activities furthering opportunities for women in the sciences. Our members are involved in mentorship, networking and outreach—from participation in seminars and discussions, to the conception, creation and deployment of our inaugural symposium in October 2015


The three sessions in BIOS2015 were titled “Microorganisms”, “Cell signaling in disease” and “Cytoskeleton, disease and drugs”.

2015 BIOS: Biological Symposium organized by the MBI Women in Science Initiative

On October 16, 2015, the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), Singapore, hosted the inaugural Biological Symposium (BIOS) series, BIOS2015. This free symposium, an initiative by the Women In Science (WIS) committee at the MBI, brought together close to one hundred scientists from various research institutes in Singapore.

Participants attended from MBI, the National University of Singapore (NUS), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Institute of Medical Biology (IMB), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), Duke-NUS, and D3-A*STAR.  The talks covered a variety of topics including cell signaling, cytoskeleton, infectious diseases, cancer and drug discovery in Singapore, highlighting the diversity and talent of researchers working in the biological sciences in Singapore. A unique feature of BIOS2015 was that all of the speakers were women, and talks were given both by established researchers as well as post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.

Read the post-event report of BIOS2015

MBI WIS Mentorship


Shilpa Shankar of Delhi Public School with MBI WIS mentor, Prof Linda Kenney.

The MBI WIS Mentoring Initiative was proud to sponsor Shilpa Shankar of XI STD, Delhi Public School, Bangalore, India. Her article, Why are Women not Appearing in Leadership Positions?  was written by her under the guidance of Prof Linda Kenney during her visit to MBI in 2015.

Why are Women not Appearing in Leadership Positions?

by Shilpa Shankar

“Historically, due to the customs and religions followed in many countries, men and women were not given equal access to education. However, in recent times there has been improvement for women to have equal access to education…” Read full article.

MBI WIS Publications


Deputy Director of MBI, GV Shivashankar

MBI’s Deputy Director, Prof GV Shivashankar and MBI’s own Prof Linda Kenney collaborated on an article written for India Bioscience.org to bring awareness to the challenges faced by female students in pursuing careers in the sciences.

Women in Science: Is India Losing Out?

by GV Shivashankar & Linda J Kenney 

“Traditionally, as dictated by societal structure, Indian daughters were encouraged to be married at a young age. Without strong family support, this usually left little possibility for a large fraction of Indian women to pursue scientific careers…” Read full article.

Have an event or activity concerning women in science? Want to know more about our mission? We’d like to hear from you! Contact the MBI Women in Science program at wis-mbi@groups.nus.edu.sg.

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Outreach Events

2015 International Women’s Day at Hong Lim Park, Singapore

MBI WIS joined the festivities at Hong Lim Park for 2015's All Fired Up! a celebration of International Women’s Day

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Corinna Lim and Jolene Tan from Singapore’s Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)

Members of MBI WIS welcomed Corinna Lim and Jolene Tan of AWARE for a brown bag session on women’s issues in science

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