Women of Brookhaven Lab
At Brookhaven Lab, we understand that innovation is not possible without a diversity of thought
and perspective, so we promote equal opportunity and advancement of women in support of world-class science.
We also encourage young women towards careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
to seed the next generation of discovery.
Meet some of our Lab’s inspiring women who are a driving force for many of our scientific breakthroughs.
Valentina Bisogni is a scientist at the Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering (SIX) beamline at Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, where she studies the electronic properties of materials using ultrabright x-rays. She is currently researching ways to enhance the energy efficiency of novel electronic devices. More about Valentina
Prerana Kankiya is a member of Brookhaven’s collider-accelerator department, where she writes software packages for particle physics experiments. These experiments help scientists understand what the universe was like just moments after the Big Bang, as well as how matter was formed. More about Prerana
Wei Xu is a computer scientist at Brookhaven’s Computational
Science Initiative, where she develops visualization
tools that help researchers analyze large datasets from
their experiments. She is also helping to build a virtual
reality lab where scientists could have interactive data
More about Wei
Jasmine Hatcher is a radiochemist in Brookhaven’s medical isotope research and production program. She works on separating chemical elements to extract Actinium 225, a rare radioactive element that has been shown to eliminate late-stage cancer after just three treatments.
Kahille Dorsinvil first joined the Lab as an educator at the science learning center, where she taught local students about Brookhaven’s research and led teacher-training workshops. Now, she coordinates the Lab’s Summer Sundays program, which allows community members to spend four consecutive Sundays in the summer at Brookhaven. More about Kahille
Iradwikanari (Ira) Waluyo is the lead beamline scientist at the In situ and Operando Soft X-ray Spectroscopy (IOS) beamline at Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II. She leads the development of IOS and its scientific program, and works with visiting scientists to conduct research using the beamline’s advanced equipment, which is capable of tracking the chemical changes of many materials in real time.
Vanessa Sanders became the first African American woman in the U.S. to earn a radiochemistry Ph.D. Now at Brookhaven Lab, she works in a cutting-edge area of radiochemistry known as theragnostics—designing drugs to be both therapeutic and diagnostic. She’s also developing “generators” that make it easier to deliver medical isotopes to hospitals. More about Vanessa.
Simerjeet Gill is a scientist in Brookhaven’s nuclear science and technology department. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of materials in extreme environments for applications in advanced energy technologies, such as nuclear and geothermal systems. More about Simerjeet
Karen Chen-Wiegart is a scientist at Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II and an assistant professor in the department of materials science and chemical engineering at Stony Brook University. Her research is focused on using x-ray characterization techniques to understand the structural and chemical evolution of materials for applications in energy storage, 3-D printing, and more. More about Karen
Triveni Rao is a senior physicist in Brookhaven’s Instrumentation Division, where scientists and engineers develop the advanced equipment used in the Lab’s experiments. Her research focuses on electron injectors and lasers, and she holds a number of patents and invention disclosures. More about Triveni
Gretchen Cisco is the user administrator at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), where scientists use ultrabright x-rays to study atomic-level details of proteins, batteries, electronics, and more. She is responsible for planning and coordinating the experience of every visiting researcher that comes to NSLS-II—that's nearly 1,500 scientists each year. More about Gretchen
Christine Ali is a system expert for gas-handling systems at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). By designing new gas-handling capabilities, she’s helping pioneer new sample environments for studies on catalysts and battery materials. Christine is also a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. More about Christine
Since Joyce Moore joined Brookhaven Lab in 1973, she has worn quite a few different hats, but she has always been focused on the safety of the Lab’s workforce. In 1974, she became one of the Lab’s first female security officers. Now, she’s a valued senior member of the personnel monitoring group, which protects staff and visitors from any possible exposure to radiation. More about Joyce
Megan Quarant is a member of Brookhaven’s quality management office, where she assists with strategic planning and creating the Lab Agenda—a yearly tactical plan that covers the Lab’s science and support goals, as well as the Lab’s key missions. She is also the founder of the Lab’s early career resource group, which focuses on attracting and retaining early career staff. More about Megan
Allison McComiskey is the chair of Brookhaven’s environmental and climate sciences department. She oversees a number of research groups that study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that take place in Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Her team uses this information to develop more accurate models for predicting future climate states. More about Allison
Ashley Head is a chemist at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, where scientists study tiny materials that are only a billionth of a meter in size. Her research is focused on the interesting chemical processes that take place on surfaces, helping to design better fuel cells for renewable energy and more sophisticated gas masks to protect soldiers. More about Ashley
Nathalie Bouet is a scientist in the optics and metrology group at Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II. There, she develops advanced x-ray optics called multilayer Laue lenses, which give NSLS-II’s Hard X-ray Nanoprobe (HXN) its world-leading imaging resolution. HXN can observe materials down to 10 nanometers—about one ten-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. More about Nathalie
Meifeng Lin is a theoretical particle physicist and a computational scientist at Brookhaven’s Computational Science Initiative. Her research focuses on solving scientific problems using advanced computing techniques. She is also the acting group lead of the Lab’s newly formed quantum computing group. More about Meifeng
Etsuko Fujita is a chemist and the leader of the artificial photosynthesis group at Brookhaven Lab. She develops systems that use solar energy to create renewable fuels—artificial analogues of the way plants take in sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to create sugars. She is also working on methods of making hydrogen gas, which can be used in fuel cells as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. More about Etsuko
Danielle Golden and Aubrie Andenmatten
As firefighters for Brookhaven, Danielle Golden and Aubrie Andenmatten work rotating 24-hour shifts to protect the Lab. Beyond responding rapidly and safely to fires and hazardous events on-site, they treat sick or injured employees and visitors, inspect utilities and safety equipment around the Lab, and provide assistance to local fire departments for fire and medical emergencies. More about Danielle and Aubrie
Rebecca Trojanowski is an engineer in Brookhaven’s sustainable energy technologies department, where she researches the performance and emissions of residential heating appliances, such as stoves and boilers, using various types of biofuels, including biodiesel, renewable diesel fuels, and biomass. More about Rebecca
Esther Tsai is a scientist in the electronic nanomaterials group at Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). She works with two of CFN’s partnership x-ray beamlines at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, where she helps researchers run experiments that reveal the structural details of novel materials at the nanoscale. More about Esther
Diane Hatton is the project manager for the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a new particle collider being built at Brookhaven Lab that will unlock the secrets of the strongest force in nature. She is leading the effort to develop and implement the EIC’s project schedule and cost plans, and will work to ensure the project’s overall success. More about Diane.
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