Drop-In Mentoring

Meet with mid- and senior-level female ARVO members for a short mentoring session at ARVO 2019

2019 WEAVR Drop-In Mentoring Program

Women in Eye and Vision Research, an initiative of the ARVO Foundation, is offering the Drop-In Mentoring program at ARVO 2019. Mid- and senior-level female ARVO members will be available during specified times to meet with individuals who may be looking for professional guidance from a female perspective. These are brief, one-on-one, confidential sessions of 15-30 minutes to take place in ARVO Central in the Exhibit Hall. 

How it works
Drop in hours are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during designated poster times. Look for the marked meeting point ARVO Central in the Exhibit Hall for mentors/mentees to meet, and mentors will also be wearing bright stickers. Mentors/mentees can meet anywhere in ARVO Central, or move to the Networking Lounge. No appointment is necessary.

To participate, stop by ARVO Central in the Exhibit Hall to meet up with a mentor during these times:

Mentorship support is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and availability may be limited.

Monday, April 29 (4 – 5pm)

Meg

Epigenetics and gene expression of aging eye disorders

Meg DeAngelis, PhD
Moran Eye Center/University of Utah

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Meg

Ilene

Corneal cell/molecular biology

Ilene Gipson, PhD, FARVO
Harvard University

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Ilene

Neena

Genetics, retinal disease, therapies, microbiome, organoids, neurodegeneration

Neena Haider, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Neena

Valerie

Cornea and external disease, ocular immunology

Valerie Saw, FRCOphth, FRANZCO, PhD
University College London

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Valerie

Andrea

Retina, genetics, pediatric, clinician scientist

Andrea Vincent, MBChB, MD, FRANZCO
University of Auckland

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Grant writing tips, Managing up, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management

Email Andrea

Maria

Health services and clinical eye research, eHealth, big data

Maria Woodward, MD
University of Michigan

Ask me about:
Time management, Conflicts with colleagues, Managing up, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Grant writing tips, Job transition

Email Maria

Monday, April 29 (5 – 5:45pm)

Allen

Visual psychophysics, geriatric and low vision, clinical science

Allen Cheong, PhD
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ask me about:
Tenure process, Grant writing tips

Email Allen

Meg

Epigenetics and gene expression of aging eye disorders

Meg DeAngelis, PhD
Moran Eye Center/University of Utah

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Meg

Neena

Genetics, retinal disease, therapies, microbiome, organoids, neurodegeneration

Neena Haider, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Neena

Tuesday, April 30 (11:45am – 12:45pm)

Kathryn

Pharmaceutical development - ocular therapeutics

Kathryn Crawford, PhD
PharmOcu

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Transitioning from academia to industry, Grant writing tips

Email Kathryn

Kate

Glaucoma, trabecular meshwork, extracellular matrix, actin cytoskeleton, outflow dynamics

Kate Keller, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Kate

Monica

Genetics of glaucoma; ocular drug delivery

Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO
University of Tennesee Health Science Center

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Monica

Aparna

Retinal cell biology, macular degeneration, live cell imaging

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Aparna

Tuesday, April 30 (12:45 – 1:30pm)

Holly

Corneal immunology, neuroimmune interactions, mouse models, nerve regeneration, dendritic cells, macrophages

Holly Chinnery, PhD
University of Melbourne

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Grant writing tips

Email Holly

Sabine

Ocular development, morphogenesis and regeneration

Sabine Fuhrmann, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Sabine

Amy

DR, ROP, neuroprotection, intraocular drug delivery, animal models

Amy Lo, PhD
The University of Hong Kong

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Time management

Email Amy

Kathryn

Ocular inflammation, choroidal imaging

Kathryn Pepple, MD, PhD
University of Washington

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Managing up, Tenure process, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Kathryn

Tuesday, April 30 (2:45 – 3:45pm)

Alexandra

Eye growth, myopia development, myopia control, pathological myopia

Alexandra Benavente, MCOptom, MS, PhD
SUNY College of Optometry

Ask me about
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management

Email Alexandra

Terete

Molecular mechanisms of IOP regulation, glaucoma gene therapy

Terete Borras, PhD, FARVO
University of North Carolina

Ask me about
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Transitioning from academia to industry, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Terete

Fatema

Pediatric ophthalmology, eye movements, visual psychophysics

Fatema Ghasia, MD
Case Western Reserve University

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Transitioning from academia to industry, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Fatema

Stela

Medical retina, diabetic retinopathy, AMD, imaging

Stela Vujosevic, MD, PhD, FEBO
University Hospital Maggiore della Carita

Ask me about:
Job transition, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues

Email Stela

Tuesday, April 30 (3:45 – 4:15pm)

Juana

Ocular pain (molecular bases and new treatments)

Juana Gallar, MD, PhD, FARVO
Universidad Miguel Hernandez-CSIC

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Grant writing tips

Email Juana

Amy

DR, ROP, neuroprotection, intraocular drug delivery, animal models

Amy Lo, PhD
The University of Hong Kong

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Time management

Email Amy

Tonia

Mechanisms and neuroprotection in glaucoma and visual system trauma

Tonia Rex, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Ask me about:
Negotiating, tenure process, networking, grant writing, service, balancing responsibilities

Email Tonia

Stephanie

Cornea, registries, keratoconus, stem cells, infection

Stephanie Watson, MBBS, FRANZCO, PhD
University of Sydney

Job transition, Work/life balance, Managing up, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips
Ask me about:

Email Stephanie

Wednesday, May 1 (3 – 4pm)

Sabine

Ocular development, morphogenesis and regeneration

Sabine Fuhrmann, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Sabine

Monica

Genetics of glaucoma; ocular drug delivery

Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO
University of Tennesee Health Science Center

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Monica

Jingyun

Refractive error development, amblyopia, pediatric ophthalmology, ROP

Jingyun Wang, PhD
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Grant writing tips

Email Jingyun

Terri

Ophthalmic genetics, eye developmental disorders

Terri Young, MD, MBA, FARVO
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ask me about:
Job transition, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management

Email Terri

Wednesday, May 1 (4 – 4:45pm)

Monica

Genetics of glaucoma; ocular drug delivery

Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO
University of Tennesee Health Science Center

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Monica

Machelle

Myopia animal research, diabetic retinopathy, retinal degeneration, animal models, translation

Machelle Pardue, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

Ask me about:
Work/life balance, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management, Grant writing tips

Email Machelle

Jingyun

Refractive error development, amblyopia, pediatric ophthalmology, ROP

Jingyun Wang, PhD
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Ask me about:
Job transition, Work/life balance, Tenure process, Grant writing tips

Email Jingyun

Terri

Ophthalmic genetics, eye developmental disorders

Terri Young, MD, MBA, FARVO
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ask me about:
Job transition, Managing up, Tenure process, Conflicts with colleagues, Time management

Email Terri