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Join Me for Coffee with Dr. RoseAnn Murray and Alyson B. Smith

Wednesday, October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

MASS AWIS is offering an opportunity to make professional connections across a variety of career paths. ‘Join Me for Coffee’ gives a chance to meet with a STEM professional for 1 hour online. This special ‘Join Me for Coffee’ event will be 75 minutes. Participants will not only learn about that person’s career but also establish a new professional connection. These events are a great opportunity for participants to practice networking in an intimate setting, a skill that helps open doors to meaningful careers in STEM.

The upcoming ‘Join Me for Coffee’ event series will feature Dr. RoseAnn Murray and Alyson B. Smith. If you would like to participate in this ‘Join Me for Coffee’ event, first complete the event application form. A committee will then review all applications and select 4-6 participants for each event. For this special ‘Join Me for Coffee’ event featuring two panelists, 8 participants will be selected. Selected applicants will be notified by email at least one week prior to the event. Upon selection notification, you will be required to formally register for the event and pay the registration fee via our secure website. Selected applicants who fail to complete registration on time forfeit the opportunity to participate.

Dr. RoseAnn Murray

RoseAnn Murray is Director, Clinical Sciences in the Rare Diseases TAU at Takeda. RoseAnn received a PhD in microbiology from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and completed studies for a master’s in public health in epidemiology from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. As a post-doctoral fellow, RoseAnn worked on developing immunology assays as biomarkers of immune protection in tuberculosis trials funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has been working in the industry for the past 15 years, during which time she has worked in clinical development in various therapeutic areas, including infectious disease, neurology, and psychiatry.

RoseAnn is passionate about leveraging scientific knowledge to attain a common good and is excited to work within multi-disciplinary teams to achieve this. She is committed to mentoring, sponsoring, and promoting those in the earlier phases of their careers seeking to create strong and vibrant teams.

Alyson B. Smith

Alyson B. Smith is a Principal Scientist and Scientific Manager supporting the Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Companion Diagnostics, and Oncology assets in the Clinical Biomarker Innovation & Development (CBID) department at Takeda. Alyson received her Master’s degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Following graduation, she worked in various Research leadership positions for Harvard institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she was first intrigued by biomarker discovery, research, and development. After transitioning from academia, she worked for Leica Biosystems, globalizing its Clinical Operations strategy for companion diagnostics development. Prior to joining Takeda in January 2021, she consulted for numerous protein and nucleic acid-based diagnostic developers, including Foundation Medicine, just prior to FDA approval of their FoundationOne companion diagnostic assay.

When she’s not working, Alyson loves cooking and enjoying the New England outdoors with her husband, young family, and golden retriever puppy.

Registration fee: Free for MASS AWIS members; $5 for non-MASS AWIS members

Application deadline: Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at 11:55 PM.

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Join Me for Coffee with Dr. RoseAnn Murray and Alyson B. Smith


Wednesday, October 13
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Event

MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.