Backed by strong commitments from the School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cell Biology & Physiology is building a department and community where everyone is welcomed, respected, and supported. Facilitated by Instructor Emily Zarbock, our liaison to the Office of DE&I at the Washington University School of Medicine, we are enabling initiatives that promote diversity and ensure that the department continues to be a welcoming place for everyone. We recognize the history of exclusionary policies and biases that have limited the participation of certain groups in academia and in science, and the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology seeks to provide a place where all are supported in advancing their education and careers.

To individuals interested in joining the department, we pledge to give full consideration to all applicants regardless of race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity or expression, and national origin. Collaboration and inclusion are hallmarks of Washington University and the foundation for our success. 

Cell Biology & Physiology is excited to partner with OUTmed, a Department of Medicine sponsored organization that advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community.  Membership is comprised of faculty, trainees, residents, students, staff and allies. 

The Mission of OUTmed is to: 

  1. Increase LGBTQIA+ visibility and community at Washington University School of Medicine.
  2. Provide training and resources for LGBTQIA+ patients and healthcare providers to better support LGBTQIA+ care
  3.  Attract, recruit, support, retain, and promote SGM-identifying individuals at Washington University School of Medicine.
  4. Support LGBTQIA+ research efforts.
  5. Foster networking and mentoring relationships for LGBTQIA+ identifying staff, students, trainees, and faculty. 

If you are interested in learning more about OUTmed, please contact Emily Zarbock, our DE&I ambassador at or Jennifer Mosher at

Championing Female Scientists

Shelia Stewart, PhD

Heather True, PhD

Ghazaleh Ashrafi, PhD

Clair Crewe, PhD

Silvia Jansen, PhD

Slavica Pavlovic-Djuranovic, PhD

Amber Stratman

Amber Stratman, PhD

Polina Lishko, PhD

Xue-Yan He, PhD

We have been fortunate to play a leadership role in the advancement of women faculty, two of whom were recruited to chair departments at Vanderbilt and Cornell. Five department labs are led by female faculty members and much of the breakthrough research is produced by our outstanding female team members. Cell Biology & Physiology is constantly striving to recruit, support, and champion female faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.