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Wisdom from ASPR's Women in Science

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, ASPR salutes the phenomenal women in our organization who drive innovation in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Here are just a few of the women in ASPR who are working every day to respond during ASPR’s high-consequence, no-fail operations; develop next-generation medical countermeasures; grow our domestic manufacturing capacity; and evolve ASPR’s capabilities to keep up with an ever-expanding threat environment. Their dedication to national service is exceptional and their capabilities are outstanding. Thank you for all of the work you do each day to help keep our nation healthy in the face of emergencies and prepare for whatever comes next.

Kimberly Armstrong
Director of the Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division, BARDA

“I want to help the nation respond to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics, and the best place to do that is at ASPR.”

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CDR Sara Azimi-Bolourian
Chief Data Officer, Office of Data, Analytics & Information Advantage

“Keep up with the advancement from the educational perspective and from the experience perspective, so you can play a crucial role.”

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Lisa Bentley
Senior Data Scientist, Modeling & Simulation

“Learn to adapt and grow with changing technologies. Learn how to take advantage of a learned technical skill in one area and apply it to another. You can make a difference.”

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CAPT Tina Bhavsar
Health Scientist, Office of Science, Strategic National Stockpile

“I say, go for it! Gender is not a limitation for any field, including science. I tell my daughters this all the time!”

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Tremel Faison
Director of Regulatory and Quality Affairs, BARDA

“Go for it!”

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CAPT Artensie Flowers
Acting Director, Regional Operations

“The skills you gain as a scientist are invaluable and will be used daily no matter what career path you take.”

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LCDR Kelly Henshaw
Geospatial Analyst

“I’ve always been very curious and wanted to know how things worked, so I think that naturally led me into the sciences. I’ve also always been motivated to help and serve people which drew me into public health.”

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Sachiko Kuwabara
Operational Data and Analytics Deputy Division Director

“Stay curious. Observe, ask questions, never stop learning. Define your own path, don’t let others try to define it for you.”

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CAPT Catherine Mitchell
Health Scientist, Office of Science, Strategic National Stockpile

“Remember that your unique experiences, perspectives, and skills can be valuable assets in the field and that you have the potential to make a real difference in the world through your work in science and technology.”

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Meghan Pennini
Chief Vaccines and Therapeutics Officer

“Find your passion and build your support system to keep you moving toward your goals.”

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LCDR Schuyler Price
Program Analyst

“Find your community within the science/technology field as well as outside of it; this should be mentors and peers who support you and also those you can support.”

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Heema Sharma
Medical Countermeasures Program Manager

“Always take a step back, piece the picture together, and figure out a way forward when obstacles inevitably arise.”

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