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 Outreach
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. BIOS2015, in October 2015.
MBI Principal Investigator and Deputy Director Professor GV Shivashankar is featured in the Channel News Asia documentary series, Becoming Human: Unnatural Genius to discuss how his lab uses AI and and nuclear mechanogenomic architecture to detect early stage cancer cells.
MBI Senior Research Fellow Rishita Changede wins the Best Presentation award at the TOPIM Winter Conference 2019, for her presentation on the role of integrin nanoclusters as the basis for the formation of cell-matrix adhesions that aid in sensing the mechanical properties, such as rigidity, of the underlying tissue.
SNU students toured the MBI labs, familiarizing themselves with the methodology and applications of state-of-the art techniques like microfabrication, micropatterning, and superresolution microscopy through demonstrations conducted by MBI researchers.
MBI Women in Science welcomes Jane Clarke, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and President of Wolfson College
Jane Clarke is a distinguished biophysical chemist recognised internationally for her multidisciplinary work advancing the understanding of protein folding and misfolding. Prof Clarke will be visiting MBI on December 5th, 2018, to give a seminar on her research and career.
Dr. Vandana Ramachandran (A*STAR; SgWIS) and Dr. Lakshmi Ramachandran (STEM Advocacy Institute; MBI-WIS) will present a talk on ‘ Singapore as host of the next Gender Summit – Asia Pacific, GS-AP 2019’ at the Gender Summit 15 EU 2018 plenary session on 19th June, London.
In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Biotech Connection Singapore (BCS) and Singapore Women in Science (SgWIS) jointly present Paths to Excellence – Celebrating Journeys in Life Science, on March 8th, 2018.
The MBI proudly congratulates Prof Linda Kenney, Principal Investigator at the Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore, for being elected to the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).
MBI hosted BIOS2017 on Friday, the 15th of September. The scientific talks were followed by an hour-long panel discussion that was aimed at bringing out the various contributing factors towards gender gaps at work place.
MBI NUS hosted BIOS2017 on 15th of September. BIOS, a MBI Women in Science initiative, is a unique national-level biology symposium that aims to bring together women researchers in Singapore from diverse realms of life sciences research.
The symposium explored multi-pronged approaches to tackle gender gaps in STEM education at the individual, family & peers, schools/educational institutions, society and government levels.
On August 16th, a group of 13 students from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China visited the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), National University of Singapore to learn more about scientific research in Singapore.
As part of the Physics Colloquium for Olympiad Students program, MBI hosted a group of high school students from different schools across Singapore to learn more about interdisciplinary sciences such as Mechanobiology and to get better insights into the application of physical principles in order to answer complex biological questions.
As part of the recently held 2017 Joint Symposium on Bioimaging between Singapore and Japan, a Women in Science segment was organized to explore gender equality issues in STEM.
MBI Science Communications editor Laskhmi Ramachandran represented the MBI Women in Science Initiative at 2017's Gender Summit 10.
Biological Symposium by the MBI Women in Science Initiative