Committee on the Status of Women

The nine members of the Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) are appointed by Council on staggered three-year terms. The committee is responsible for generating and developing programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit.


The CSOW focuses on enhancing career opportunities that advance the involvement and recognition of women immunologists in the scientific community.

In support of this mission, the CSOW

  • Organizes, jointly with the AAI Education Committee, the Careers in Science Lecture and Roundtable at the AAI annual meeting. Participants in this session have an opportunity to discuss pressing career issues with senior PIs who share their own experience. Table topics typically explore a range of career options as well as career issues such as postdoc to faculty transition; careers in academia, biotech industry, government, publishing; careers outside the laboratory, balancing family and work, etc.
  • Sponsors the AAI Career Advisory Board, a referral service that matches senior postdocs (start of fourth year and beyond) or early-career PIs with an established scientist, who can provide the confidential advice needed to move a career forward. The program is intended to complement and extend the service offered by the Careers in Science Lecture and Roundtable at the AAI annual meeting
  • Maintains a Potential Speakers/Chairs/Editors List presenting AAI member-women working in immunological research or fulfilling leadership roles in non-research careers in support of the immunology enterprise (in publishing, public affairs, non-profits, etc.). We encourage immunologists and scientists in other disciplines to consult this resource when considering the selection of individuals to speak at meetings or seminar series, to participate on review panels, to serve on editorial boards, and to otherwise participate in professional activities. Please contact if you would like to be included on this list.


Laura A. Solt, Ph.D. (’22), Chair
Associate Professor
Scripps Research Institute
Laura Solt website

Yina H. Huang, Ph.D. (’20)
Associate Professor
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Yina Huang website

Mandy J. McGeachy, Ph.D. (’20)
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Mandy McGeachy website

Lyse A. Norian, Ph.D. (’20)
Associate Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lyse Norian website

Lisa K. Denzin, Ph.D. (’21)
Associate Professor
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Lisa Denzin website

Ann Griffith, Ph.D. (’21)
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health San Antonio
Ann Griffith website

Meera G. Nair, Ph.D. (’21)
Associate Professor
University of California Riverside
Meera Nair website

Melissa Ann Brown, Ph.D. (’22)
Department of Microbiology/Immunology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Melissa Brown website

Sadiye Rieder, Ph.D. (’22)
Senior Scientist
Sadiye Rieder website

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