Shivana Lightman obtained her PhD in Immunology from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center/University at Buffalo in 2020. Her areas of expertise include B cell biology, durable humoral immunity, and long-lived antibody titers. Currently, Shivana is a full-time mom to her toddler son, Silas. Her role as a mother combined with her expertise in immunology has spurred a passioShivana Lightman is a proud full-time mother, immunologist, and policy entrepreneur. She received her Ph.D. in Immunology from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center/University at Buffalo. Her areas of expertise include B cell biology, durable humoral immunity, and long-lived antibody titers. As a graduate student, Shivana co-founded a science-policy impact group as a space for young researchers to explore the worlds of science communication, science policy, and the wider-reaching impacts of their work. She also moonlit as a consultant for a venture-capital fund, conducting due diligence on deep-tech companies. Shivana’s role as a mother, combined with her expertise in immunology, has spurred her passion for scientific communication and policy, particularly with respect to the social and economic benefits that scientific progress can deliver. She is committed to addressing the gaps between social and scientific policy with creative and innovative solutions that emphasize effective implementation.
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