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The Wistar Institute’s Women & Science Program features contributions made by women scientists to biomedical research.

Speakers include Wistar scientists and renowned guest researchers who discuss topics including cancer, aging, vaccines, immune disorders, allergies, HIV, and infectious diseases.

The Women & Science Program

Features leading women scientists who discuss biomedical advances that are improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities worldwide.

Increases scientific literacy, ensuring that the value of fundamental biomedical research is understood for the critical role it plays in advancing human health worldwide.

Engages women to convene with others who share their interests and value of biomedical research.

Helen Dean King Award

The Helen Dean King Award was established in 2016 to honor women who have achieved distinction in biomedical research. The award is named after Wistar’s first female scientist, Dr. Helen Dean King, who was a well-respected geneticist and member of Wistar’s research staff from 1908 to 1950. 

The award is presented each year in conclusion of our Women & Science series to a distinguished guest who has made a difference with her outstanding research.

Read more about the Helen Dean King Award Ceremony and past awardees.

Learn more about the Women & Science Program

Interested in attending a Women & Science event? Check out our video recaps highlighting our amazing program that honors women scientists paving the way to a brighter future.


Hannah Donnelly
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
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Maureen E. Murphy, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Ira Brind Professor and Program Leader, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
The Wistar Institute

Amelia Escolano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center
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Jessie Villanueva, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center
Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
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Wistar’s Women & Science Program Video

Highlighting the importance of women scientists in basic and clinical research while addressing challenges related to human health across the globe.