Four Women in Science: What Inspires Them to Make Breakthroughs

Mar 15 2018

Four Women in Science: What Inspires Them to Make Breakthroughs

In the halls and history of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its Research Institute, you don’t have to search far to find role models who thrive in science fields that have been, historically, underrepresented by women.

Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer of CHOP, became the Hospital’s first female CEO in 2015. Bell increased our investment in research by $10 million and spearheaded the development of the Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine, among countless more accomplishments. In 1982, Beverly Emmanuel, PhD, former chief of the Division of Human Genetics, and Elaine Zackai, MD, director of the Clinical Genetics, discovered 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a research revelation that brought answers to many children with the chromosomal disorder. In 1969, Audrey Evans, MD, world-renowned pediatric oncologist and neuroblastoma researcher, became the first director and chief of the Division of Oncology at CHOP.

As these trailblazers inspire more young women to pursue careers in healthcare and science, the number of women in science multiplies — and so do our breakthroughs. We wanted to learn more about the next generation of female scientists at CHOP who are on the forefront of an unprecedented era in pediatric medicine. Leaders of the Research Institute’s Centers of Emphasis nominated scientists on their teams to be featured in a photo gallery in celebration of National Women’s History Month 2018. The result: four incredible researchers who indulge curiosity, raise the bar, and drive discovery to improve the lives of children and families around the world. Meet them here: