Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW)



Committee Members

Gabriela Popescu, Chair (2018) Ryan Hoffman (2019)
Sarah Bondos (2019)
Constance Jeffery (2018)
Angela Brown (2020)
Susy Kohout (2018)
Silvia Cavagnero (2020) Thao Nguyen (2018)
Sudha Chakrapani (2018)
Liliana Quintanar (2018)  
Julio Cordero (2019)  Marina Ramirez-Alvarado (2020)
Evelyne Deplazes (2019) Yuly Sanchez-Mendoza (2019) 
Carmen Domene (2019) Emily Smith (2019)
Marta Filizola (2018)
Liskin Swint-Kruse (2019)  
Karen Fleming (2020)
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede (2020)
Dorit Hanein (2018)
 Eleonora Zakharian (2019)


The CPOW is charged with promoting science education for girls and women; promoting the advancement and retention of women and minorities in biophysics; fostering development of professional communities among women; raising awareness of the scientific contributions of women in biophysics; recognizing the challenges of balancing career and family; promoting fair and equitable treatment, and improving the climate for women in biophysics in all stages of their careers. Each year, the CPOW sponsors Annual Meeting activities and hosts panel discussions on various topics, which are open to all attendees. The CPOW also provides a list of resources to support scientists at all stages of their careers.

The mission of CPOW is:

  • To promote science education for girls and women
  • To promote the advancement and retention of women and minorities in biophysics
  • To raise awareness of the scientific contributions of women in biophysics
  • To recognize the importance of balancing a career and family
  • To promote fair and equitable treatment and improve the climate for women in biophysics at all stages of their careers


CPOW Resources

Education and Awareness