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Simón(e) Sun named a 2022 Leading Edge Fellow

photo of Simone Sun working at a microscope in their lab
Simón(e) Sun, a postdoc in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Associate Professor Jessica Tollkuhn’s lab.

Simón(e) Sun, a postdoc in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Associate Professor Jessica Tollkuhn’s lab, was named a 2022 Leading Edge Fellow for her research on the protein estrogen receptor beta, and its role in the development and function of the nervous system.

Sun says, “I’m excited and grateful to be a part of the Leading Edge Symposium. Research is made better when a wider and more diverse group of people are bringing their unique perspectives and experiences to scientific exploration. I’m honored to be a part of this new wave of researchers looking to advance our fields both scientifically and socially.”

Sun is a senior fellow at the Center for Applied Transgender Studies, and a vocal advocate for transgender rights. Most recently, she co-authored a letter in Science calling for the use of more inclusive and precise language when talking about sex diversity. Scientific language already impacts policy and rhetoric, and the letter urges scientists to be more aware of the distinction between sex and gender to prevent the implication that these distinct attributes are inextricably linked.

The Leading Edge Fellow program provides women and non-binary postdocs with a platform to present their work, and opportunities for mentorship and career development training from world leaders in biomedical research.

Written by: Nick Wurm, Communications Specialist | wurm@cshl.edu | 516-367-8455

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