Early Career Committee

early career committee


The Early Career Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing SRI’s membership benefits and programming for current and future early career members. The committee is charged with organizing an Early Career Forum at the Annual Meeting, with a different topic each year. Additionally, this committee also organizes the Early Career Visiting Lecture Series, which enhances the careers of these individuals by a reciprocal exchange of knowledge and lectures.

Committee Members

Chair: Margeaux Wetendorf Marbrey, PhD- Duke University School of Medicine
Nima Aghaeepour, PhD (DEI representative)- Stanford University
Gregory Burns, PhD- Michigan State University
Antonia Frolova, MD, PhD- Washington University in St. Louis
Shannon Gillespie, PhD, RN- Ohio State University
Emmanuel Paul, PhD- Michigan State University
Lynne Sykes, BSc, MBBS, PhD (International representative)- Imperial College, London, UK
Kaela Varberg, PhD (Career Development liaison)- Children's Mercy Kansas City
Amy Wooldridge, PhD (In Training representative)- University of Adelaide
Staff liaison: Jordan Addison

Composition and Appointment

In addition to the Chair, the ideal size for this committee would be 10-12 members. The Early Career Committee meets via Zoom every 2-3 months throughout the year and communicates via email as needed. The committee may also meet in-person at the Annual Meeting. Committee members can expect to dedicate about 6-10 hours per year toward participating on this committee.  Chairs of the Early Career Committee will be required to serve on the Program committee. Additionally, one Early Career Committee member should sit on the Career Development Committee at any given time, and one other member should also serve on the DEI committee.


  • Participate in group discussions and provide input/guidance on Society initiatives and other programming that may benefit the committee’s area of focus
  • Attend Zoom meetings and respond to Doodle scheduling polls in a timely manner
  • Annually review Visiting Lecture Program guidelines and expectations
  • Collaborate with the In-Training Member Committee (ITMC), Executive Committee and/or Career Development committee as needed to best understand the wants and needs of early career researchers
  • Assist with SRI communications, membership strategies and Annual Meeting planning targeted to current or future early career members
  • Attend SRI Annual Meetings to network with fellow committee members and colleagues, stay up to date on Society activities and further understand SRI’s Annual Meeting programming
  • Organize Early Career Forum topics and speakers

Committee Work

Early Career Visiting Lecture Series
Early Career Forum at Annual Meetings
SRI Family Care Grant (initiated 2024)

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