Diane Barber


Sandra K. Masur

Sandra Kazahn Masur is currently Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine–Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. She is a native New Yorker. Her parents were Polish Jewish immigrants who transferred their thwarted educational ambitions to Sandra and her sister. Masur attended New York’s celebrated public High School of Music and Art but was drawn away from art toward science and a BA in biology at City College. She learned electron microscopy and earned her PhD working on cellular endocrinology in the laboratory of Lee Peachey at Columbia (where she roomed for a time with Goodenough). Masur joined Mt. Sinai’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics in 1968. Her research program today employs a corneal stroma model to study the interconnections between extracellular matrix, cell-cell interaction, and growth factors in wound healing. Masur has been the chair of WICB since 2009.


Women in Cell Biology Events and Awards at 2018 ASCB|EMBO Meeting

We all constantly negotiate with our colleagues, our bosses, our grad students, and with our partners and other family members. WICB is presenting two activities at the ASCB|EMBO Meeting in December that offer insights on how to negotiate for what you need. “Navigating Negotiation in  … Read more

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Celebrating outstanding Cell Biologists at distinct career stages: The WICB recognition awards, past and present

Women in Cell Biology Committee Awards Each year, the Women in Cell Biology Committee (WICB) honors three investigators at distinct career stages through recognition awards. The unique and innovative WICB Junior and Senior Career Recognition Awards were established in 1986. The Junior Award for Excellence  … Read more

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Niche Mentoring: How to Give Advice and Offer Help from Your Areas of Strength

Most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary mentors (e.g., reference 1), just as most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary teachers. By definition, “extraordinary” is not the norm. Our goal in this column is to widen the group of people who  … Read more

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How to Manage a “Hard Ask”: Negotiating Up and Down the Hierarchy

You love being a scientist. Let’s re-state that: You love doing science but not some of the non-science activities that are often a part of any job. And while some of those ancillary duties can be a chore and a bore (e.g., committee work), what  … Read more

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Mellone, Serio, and Gerbi Receive 2016 WICB Awards

The Women in Cell Biology Committee (WICB) is pleased to announce our award winners for 2016. Barbara Mellone, University of Connecticut, received the Junior Award for her excellence in research on the mechanisms of centromere specification. Tricia Serio, University of Arizona, received the Mid-Career Award  … Read more

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The Women in Cell Biology Committee: An Effective Advocacy Group

Under its new chair, Diane Barber of the University of California, San Francisco, the Women in Cell Biology Committee (WICB) will continue to be an effective advocacy group promoting gender equality and diversity as well as career development in the field of cell biology through  … Read more

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Another Look at Women’s Publication Statistics

There are many highly productive women scientists in the ASCB but, in general, are women scientists less productive than men scientists? Studies have shown that women scientists publish fewer articles per year in peer-reviewed journals than men. Let’s look more closely at the recent data  … Read more

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