DescriptionThe Women in Science Lecture Series includes 4 presentations:;;"Building a business case for diversity and inclusion," by Claudia Renjifo (13:30-14:15);;"The surprising genome," by Anna Tramontano (14:15-15:00);;"The Lady of Rock," by Patricia Rich (15:00-15:45);;Q&A Session (15:45-16:00);;For more information, please look below.
Anna Tramontano, a KAUST Investigator, was trained as a physicist but she soon became fascinated by the complexity of biology and by the promises of computational biology. After a post-doctoral period at UCSF, she joined the Biocomputing Programme of the EMBL in Heidelberg. In 1990 she moved back to Italy to work in the Merck Research Laboratories near Rome. In 2001, she returned to the academic world as a Chair Professor of Biochemistry in "La Sapienza" University in Rome where she continues to pursue her scientific interests on protein structure prediction and analysis in the Department of Biochemical Sciences. She is a member of the European Research Council, of the European Molecular Biology Organization and of the organizing Committee of the Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction (CASP) initiative.She is also a member of the Advisory Board of several Institutions (EMBL, EBI, Max Planck, CRG, etc.) and Associate Editor of Bioinformatics, Proteins and PlOS One. She has published about 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and four books.
Ms. Renjifo has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), an MSc in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She began her professional career in Colombia as a Design Engineer, where she participated in the design of several power lines for the northern coast of Colombia coordinating fieldwork with topographers and engineers. After obtaining her Master’s degree Ms. Renjifo was recruited by Bayer Corporation, where she worked as a Process Control Systems Engineer for 5 years. Her responsibilities in this position included project design, cost estimates and instrument specifications and coordination of the detailed design between engineering disciplines. She also supervised project construction, execution, commissioning and start-up. In 2004 she moved back to Colombia where she continued to work for Bayer (Andean Region) as a Project Manager, overseeing critical infrastructure projects in Bogotá and Caracas. During this time she also earned her MBA, and later moved to Venezuela where she headed the Finance, Sales Administration and Procurement Departments. She was responsible for overseeing all financial and treasury activities, including transactions in the bond swap market, for Bayer in Venezuela, as well as for ensuring the company’s strict adherence to the Foreign Exchange Control Law. In February of 2011 she relocated to Germany where she now works in Bayer AG’s Corporate Development department as a Strategy Consultant, contributing to strategic projects for the holding and its three subgroups.
Patricia Vickers Rich
Dr. Patricia Vickers Rich is the Founding Director of the Monash Science Centre and Professor of Palaeontology in the School of Geosciences, Monash University in Melbourne.
Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering
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