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Get the Inside Scoop on our CRS Summit Speakers – Spotlight on Drs. Evan Scott and Shohreh Shahabi!

By: Chelsea Castleberry, CRS Program Assistant, May 29th, 2018

The 2018 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit will take place this Friday, June 1st in Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago, and we are looking forward to presentations from our distinguished speakers! Featured in this CRS New Story are interviews with Dr. Evan Scott, and Dr. Shohreh Shahabi.

Evan Scott

Evan Scott, PhD Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering

Dr. Scott, who will be presenting in Session #1 “Translation Perspectives and Clinical Applications” was interviewed by Hunter Rogers, PhD Candidate in the Woodruff Lab:

What science topic are you the most excited to see develop in the future?

I am most excited about our anti-inflammatory nanomaterials, which may be very useful for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including heart disease, endometriosis and following organ/cell transplantation. We engineered these nanomaterials to mimic viruses in terms of their structure and surface chemistry, and this allows them to interact with inflammatory immune cells in a more controlled fashion.

Why/how did you choose your current career path?
I was a pre-med biomedical engineer as an undergraduate student and fully intending to go to medical school after graduation. But after working in the laboratory of a prominent scientist named Prof. Edith Mathiowitz, I completely changed my mind. She engineered microparticles for the controlled delivery of drugs and had started a company based on the technology she developed in her own lab. When I saw the diverse possibilities of her position, I switched to science and never looked back.

What is your worst lab mishap?

My worst lab mishap was likely during my postdoc. I was working at a University in Switzerland at the time, which had numerous cultural differences. The Swiss are very punctual and disciplined, so when they send out emails, everyone is expected to read them on time and be fully aware of any important announcements. I was (and still am not) very good at checking my email regularly, so I missed a critical message about the ventilation for the chemistry hoods being shut down during working hours for maintenance. I came in early that day to start a polymer synthesis where the first step was an azeotropic distillation to remove residual moisture from toluene (essentially just boiling toluene for a while). I didn’t know that the hoods were shut off (as there were no warnings posted other than the email from 2 weeks earlier), so the toluene vapor filled up the whole lab, which had to be immediately evacuated. The lab was shut down for about 6 hours, and my lab mates were not too happy.

What hobbies do you have outside of the lab?
While I don’t watch much TV, I am definitely a movie buff. So, I watch a lot of (sometimes obscure) movies when unwinding at home. I’ve always played a lot of sports (football and lacrosse mainly), so I like to exercise and run by the lake. I’m also a fan of sci-fi novels, so I try to catch up on some reading when possible.


Dr. ShahabiShohreh Shahabi, MD Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, John and Ruth Brewer Professor of Gynecology and Cancer Research, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology) and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Shahabi, who will be presenting in Session #2 “Regulation and Dysregulation of Reproduction” was interviewed by Bahar Dikemen Yilmaz, MD, Fellow in the Bulun Lab:

What science topic are you the most excited to see develop in the future?

I would like the role of macrogenomics and personalized to be redefined in women’s cancer.

Why/how did you choose your current career path?

Through exposure to clinical medicine and women’s health I found gynecologic oncology to be a career which encompasses continuity with my patients, challenging surgical procedures and innovative research.

What is your worst lab mishap?

When I was working as an OBGYN resident I had set up an experiment in the lab, but was caught up with patient care responsibilities so when I finally returned to the laboratory my experiment had been heating for too long and the dishes were unable to be used!

What hobbies do you have outside of the lab and the clinic?

I enjoying visiting exhibits, spending time with my husband and daughter, reading the New York Times and traveling.


See everyone this Friday! #CRSReproSummit2018