About Us

Women in Life Sciences (WILS) is an organization run by graduate student and postdoctoral fellows that is dedicated to supporting women graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff at UCSF by organizing networking, mentoring, and career-building activities. Men and women are both welcome to attend all meetings and events.

WILS Leadership Team 2017-2018

  • President: Sophia Levan
  • Career Exploration Chair : Nairi Hartooni 
  • Activism Chair : Elze Rackaityte
  • Intersectionality Chairs: Lay Kodama, Liron Noiman, and Parinaz Fazouni
  • Mentoring Events Chairs: Adair Borges and  Sumitra Tatapudy
  • Professional Development Chaira: Xiaowei Zou and Jinny Sun
  • Communications Chair: Liron Noiman
  • Faculty Advisor: Seemay Chou

Recent Alumni Presidents: Candace Britton, Amanda Mason, Kelly Nissen, Vanessa Van Voorhis

Recent Alumni Leadership Team Members: Katie Thompson-Peer, Caitlin Stoddard, Darienne Meyers, Xiaowei Zou, Laura Walsh, Shan Meltzer, Leslie Tong, Brittany Anderton, Joan Zape, Isabel Nocedal, Lay Kodama, Kei Katsura and Sheena Singh-Babak


WiLS Leadership team meetings are on the first Thursday of every month, in Genentech Hall in a classroom on the 2nd floor (room GH-S204 or similar), at 5pm. Email wilsucsf@gmail.com or candace.britton@ucsf.edu to confirm the time and place, or to get the google hangout link to join remotely.  No need to RSVP, drop by to join us! We are always looking for UCSF students and postdocs to join the WiLS leadership team to help us plan events, so please stop by!


WILS-WIB networking event March 2013. Pictured from left to right: Nicole Giordani, Vanessa Van Voorhis, and Brittany Anderton, organizers of the event.