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

  • President: Candace Britton
  • Mentoring Events Chairs: Darienne Myers and Katie Thompson-Peer 
  • Science Policy Chair: Katie Thompson-Peer (formerly Nikole Kimes)
  • Campus Outreach Chair: Caitlin Stoddard
  • Interacademic Programming Chair: Sophia Levan
  • Communications Chair: Liron Noiman
  • Faculty Advisor: Seemay Chou

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

Recent Alumni Leadership Team Members: 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.