Women in the field of neuroscience are hugely underrepresented and marginalized simply as a residual inequality of the gender gap in STEM fields. However, there are prominent women in this quickly expanding field. Cecilia Moens is a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Her lab works extensively with zebra fish researching early neural development. Zebrafish are very useful for projects like this because their eggs are completely transparent to hide the embryos from predators in the water, but it also allows for researchers to easily visualize inside the embryo to observe different stages of development. While this research does not involve humans, it provides numerous insights into developmental changes that are also observed in humans and can provide outlets for research on the genetics and treatment of cancer.
"Focus on Cecelia Moens; A Woman in Neuroscience,"
Sound Neuroscience: An Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/soundneuroscience/vol2/iss1/5