Mothers Leading Science program

Mothers Leading Science (MLS) is a year-long leadership development program for research-intensive female faculty in the health sciences who are raising school-age and/or young children. The purpose of this group is to foster professional and personal growth, provide peer mentoring, integrate the dual roles of scientist and mother, and build a network of peers for ongoing support throughout their careers.

Program overview 

  • One year formal programming, followed by annual retreat and consultation
  • Cohort size: 8-12
  • Focus on modest pre-work and vital cohort conversations
  • Eligibility:
    • Health sciences research-intensive faculty (⩾50% protected research time)
    • Identify as female
    • Mother of school-age and/or younger children
    • Priority given to current and former CTSI and BIRCWH Scholars, and diverse/underrepresented faculty in the health sciences. 

If you are interested in the MLS program but do not meet eligibility/availability criteria, please sign up for this interest list. We will contact you should we expand the program beyond research-intensive female faculty.

Application details

Questions may be directed to Michelle Lamere, MPA, ACC, Asst Director for Education Programs and MLS program leader and facilitator, at

Application deadlines

  • Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now closed.

MLS is a collaboration of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program, and the Center for Women in Medicine and Science. 

Current cohort

Emilyn Alejandro, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology

Alicia Allen, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Arizona

Anne Bantle, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Kristina Burrack, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Investigator, Division of Infectious Diseases at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI)

Forum Kamdar, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Julie Ostrander, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Megan Paulsen, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Radha Rajasingham, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Elizabeth Rogers, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Sonya Wang, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology

Anna Zilverstand, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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