PRISM/WISeR Breakfast with Dr. Clare Waterman highlights

We are very happy to share that a lot of people attended the PRISM and WISeR breakfast with Dr. Clare Waterman, NIH Distinguished Investigator on Friday, April 6, at 9am. First of all, we would like to congratulate Dr. Waterman for have recently gotten married and for sharing that exciting news with us! On the one hand, we discussed about her experience as a successful scientist and mentor, as well as how she motivates and trains the future scientists in her lab.

On the other hand, we asked her about her coming out as a lesbian and her experience in science. Dr. Waterman replied “I came out when I was 13 years old and I never had any issues with that. Being gay has never been part of my job. I am a good scientist. That’s all”. She shared that she never felt any discrimination in her work environment and emphasized that her successful career allowed her to ask her employers for health insurance for her partner among other benefits.

Dr. Waterman shared that she was involved in many demonstrations to claim the legalization of marriage equality in California. Thanks, Dr. Waterman, for all the things you have done for our community!

Dr. Waterman is a NIH Distinguished Investigator and has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Public Service (Basic Science) from George Washington University. Dr. Waterman has made fundamental advances in the understanding of cytoskeletal interactions and has authored or coauthored more than 90 papers.