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Meet ISEH Publications Committee Member Teresa Bowman

Posted By Connections Editor, Thursday, December 15, 2016

Teresa Bowman is a current member of the Publications Committee and is a past chair of the New Investigators Committee. She has been a member of ISEH for 8 years and in the hematology field for 16. Dr. Bowman received her PhD from Baylor, completed her postdoc at Boston Children’s Hospital and is currently an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC.

 

How did you find your way to the hematology and stem cells scientific field?

When I entered graduate school, I was interested in aging and stem cell biology was a natural fit for that pursuit. I joined Peggy Goodell’s lab to study hematopoietic stem cells. I chose to stay in the field for two reasons: great science and great people. Despite being the best understood stem cell system, there are still so many interesting questions to pursue in HSC biology. Also important to me was the community. The hematology community is overflowing with collegial scientists who favor collaborative over cutthroat endeavors.

 

Can you describe your lab or work environment?

We are focused on hematopoietic stem cell biology and RNA processing. The lab is full of diverse set of trainees (PhD students, med students, postdocs, clinical fellows) and collegiality.

 

And then how were you introduced to ISEH?

The first Annual ISEH meeting I attended was the 2008 meeting held in Boston. The meeting instantly became one of my favorites due to the great talks and networking. The experience not only made me committed to attending the meeting (I haven’t missed a meeting since!), but also to get involved in the society.

 

How are you helping to mentor new investigators at your lab/facility?

I was lucky to have great mentors who taught me not only about science, but also the impact of mentoring. To foster my trainees, we have weekly one-on-one meetings to keep me up-to-date, round table-style lab meetings to keep the whole lab up-to-date on each other’s projects, and joint group meetings with other labs to get different perspectives. We also have yearly meetings to discuss career goals to make sure they are on track to accomplish them.

 

What is the most exciting study or project happening at your lab/facility?

Myelodysplastic syndrome is a bone marrow failure syndrome arising from hematopoietic stem cell defects. Mutations in spliceosomal components were recently found to be prevalent in MDS, but why these defects lead to disease is unclear. Our lab is using zebrafish to uncover how mutations in spliceosomal factors contribute to hematologic abnormalities and to discover novel therapeutics that selectively target splicing factor-defective cells.

 

How would you describe the funding climate for your specific type of research?

The key to the health of any financial portfolio is diversity. Although funding is tight, there are many avenues for financial support of biological science including governmental (both at the state and federal levels) and private foundations. To keep things moving, I leave no stone unturned.   

 

What do you find most valuable about ISEH?

Two things I find most valuable about ISEH is the amazing, international community of scientists and the investment in new investigators. It is great how much the views of new investigators are valued to help shape the future of ISEH.

 

Why do you attend the ISEH Annual Scientific Meeting?

I attend the ISEH Annual Meeting to hear great science and to network. Unlike some larger meetings, it seems that most presenters show unpublished and new work, which keeps the meeting exciting.

 

What is your favorite ISEH Annual Scientific Meeting memory?

One word: dancing! Dancing is a great equalizer allowing both senior and junior investigators to let down their hair and have a good time.

 

What are your hobbies?

Parenting (haha)

 

What are your favorite books?

Harry Potter series (see answer to question one)

 

What are your favorite movies?

All things ‘80s

 

If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Hillary Clinton. She is a woman who pushed the envelope and never gave up. Regardless of whether you agree with her politically, she is an inspiration to girls everywhere to feel “deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world”. Even in her loss, she motivates us to keep going and dream bigger.   

 

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