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International Women and Girls in STEM Day

The United Nations recognizes Feb. 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science – a day that’s dedicated to ending gender imbalance in STEM fields and dismantling gender stereotypes. As we celebrate all of the OU scientists who are working to solve global grand challenges through their research, we introduce you to just a few of the many OU researchers, faculty members and alumnae who are making an impact in their field.







Lauren Ritterhouse Casariego

Lauren Ritterhouse Casariego, who earned her M.D. and her Ph.D. from OU, now serves as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and an associate director of the Center for Integrated Diagnostics at Massachusetts General Hospital.


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Emily Day, College of Engineering for a recent award.
Emily Day

OU alumna Emily Day is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Delaware. Her lab develops innovative nanomaterials that enable high precision therapy of cancer and other diseases, and exposes how nanoparticle architecture impacts function by studying nano/bio interactions from the subcellular to whole organism level.

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Rong Gan

Rong Zhu Gan is a Presidential Research Professor and the Charles E. Foster Chair in the Gallogly College of Engineering, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Her current research is sponsored by the Department of Defense and explores blast exposure hearing loss.

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Elaine Hamm

An OU graduate, Elaine Hamm is now the CEO of the pharmaceutical accelerator, Ascend BioVentures, where she manages early stage life science startups and evaluates the commercial potential of life science technologies.


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Alyssa Hill

OU alumna Alyssa Hill is a postdoctoral researcher in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

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Lindy Ritz

As a mentor to young women, OU alumna Lindy Ritz shares that it’s never too late to change paths in pursuit of your goals.


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Ann West

Ann West, associate vice president for research and partnerships at OU, makes it a point to involve undergraduate students in her research lab.

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