AWIS Mentoring

Last Meeting of the Academic Year!

Anna ChristensenCo-founder and CEO of Magnetic Insight, Inc

Navigating a path from wearing a lab coat to a seat in the board room 

7-9 PM, Monday, May 23

Anna Christensen, Ph.D. is President and CEO of Magnetic Insight, Inc. Magnetic Insight is developing the first new diagnostic imaging technique since the introduction of CT, MRI and PET over 30 years ago with magnetic particle imaging (MPI). MPI detects iron oxide tracers with high sensitivity deep in the body. The tracers give similar contrast comparable to PET and SPECT and resolution of CT and MRI all without radiation. MPI enables quantitative cell tracking, imaging of vascular function, detecting metastatic tumors, and visualizing inflammation which will overcome major deficiencies with current clinical and translational research imaging techniques. Anna has spent the last 18 years commercializing platform technologies in imaging and diagnostics. Most recently, she led the in vivo imaging business for PerkinElmer Inc and Caliper Life Sciences as the global business leader.  Prior to Caliper Life Sciences, she held senior management positions at DiscoverX and Molecular Devices. In addition to her commercial experience, she holds advanced degrees in cell biology and neurobiology from UC San Diego and Copenhagen University.


Anna will share her experiences in entering the commercial life science industry to the founding of Magnetic Insight.  Join us for a rare and informative look into the real time, entrepreneur’s world of selecting a team, finding funding and the many unanticipated and unexpected surprises encountered along the way.

If you are interested in volunteering with the mentoring program, email mentoring.awis [at] gmail [dot] com

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Palo Alto Association for Women In Science Mentoring

Who are we? The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Mentoring Program consists of a group of women graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professional scientists/engineers working in industrial and academic settings.  The program is sponsored and staffed by volunteers from the Palo Alto chapter of AWIS and has been actively working with graduate women at Stanford since 1991.

Why join? It is an excellent opportunity to interact and network with a diverse group of women in science in a supportive and informal setting.  Plus, it is an excellent opportunity to  give and receive one-on-one mentoring and to expand your professional network.

How does it work?  The program meets four to five times during the academic year on Stanford campus from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Meetings include dinner, a short talk or panel and group discussion.  Topics may include work-life balance, choosing between a career in academia or industry, job search strategies, professional development (e.g., leadership, networking, working effectively in a team), etc..  In addition, the Mentoring Committee pairs each participating student/post-doc with a woman scientist/engineer.  Post-docs are paired with a more senior mentor and will also act as mentors to graduate students.  The mentor and protégée arrange times to meet one-on-one.  The time commitment is flexible, negotiable, and by mutual agreement.

How to join? If you are interested in working with a mentor or acting as a mentor, please fill out a profile form on the left side menu. Stanford post-docs who would like mentors should fill the protégée form which will also ask for information to identify their grad student protegee.  We also welcome post-docs from outside Stanford as mentors for graduate students.  We are always accepting new mentors to the program; you will be paired on an annual basis in early November.  Mentors and Proteges should fill out a protege form prior to the application deadline, which was October 15th for the 2013-14 academic year.  Late Mentor forms are being accepted.

The AWIS Mentoring Committee encourages and welcomes all members and individuals interested in promoting the roles of women in science. Friends and colleagues are welcome. If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or please feel free to email us at mentoring.awis [at] gmail [dot] com.  We look forward to meeting you!