Member Highlight – ICIS Treasurer Dusan Bogunovic

Dusan Bogunovic (L) Awarded the 2023 ICIS-Luminex John R. Kettman Award for Excellence in Cytokine & Interferon Research Interview with ICIS Treasurer, Dusan Bogunovic Please tell us your name, degree, …

Beyond Science Initiative (BSI) from 2013 to Present

The Beyond Sciences Initiative (BSI), a not-for-profit international organization, provides a platform for dialogue among young scholars around the globe.
Dr. Eleanor Fish founded BSI in 2013, specifically to create a network for young scholars that would develop lasting relationships throughout their professional careers, cognizant of the diversity and inequities around the globe. The first founding Chapter of BSI was in Toronto, affiliated with Trinity College, Toronto and the University of Toronto. To date BSI has representatives in over 100 countries. BSI’s mandate is to foster academic and personal growth while empowering young scientific leaders to make lasting and influential change within their local and global communities. This is accomplished by increasing cultural understanding among geographically separate communities, and by ensuring unrestricted access to scientific knowledge through mentorship, STEM workshops, a lecture repository and an annual international online conference.

Susan Carpenter – from ICIS-Christina Fleischmann Young Investigator to ICIS Secretary to Robert L. Sinsheimer Chair in molecular biology at UC Santa Cruz

Susan Carpenter has been a member of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) since its inception, having first become aware of the society as a graduate student when the then Cytokine and Interferon Societies first merged. She attends all the Cytokines Annual meetings together with her students and postdocs and was elected Secretary of the Society in 2022. In 2017 she was awarded the Christina Fleischmann Award for Excellence in Interferon & Cytokine Research.

Congratulations Susan!

Esta Sterneck, PhD

Esta Sterneck , National Cancer Institute. Dr. Esta Sterneck received her Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg following training at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH) in Germany. Her thesis work investigated oncogene cooperation in leukemia cells and revealed their coordinate induction of an essential autocrine growth factor. During her postdoctoral training at the Advanced BioScience Laboratories-Basic Research Program in Frederick, MD, USA, Dr. Sterneck began to study the functions of C/EBP transcription factors through genetically engineered mice. Dr. Sterneck began her independent research with an National Cancer Institute Scholar grant before being recruited as a Principal Investigator to the NCI in 2003. Her laboratory conducts basic research on the molecular biology of breast cancer development and progression with C/EBP transcription factors as pivots for mechanistic studies. Recent investigations involve the contributions of myeloid cell plasticity and tumor-induced myelopoiesis.