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Departmental Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

The Department of Laboratory Medicine is committed to embracing the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Faculty and staff volunteer to participate in a Departmental Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, with resources and expertise provided from DEI champions across the University, Medical School, and Hospital. A monthly journal club focused on DEI relevant topics and organized by trainees was begun in 2020 by PhD student Emily Siniscalco, and features topics chosen by volunteer presenters.

Department of Laboratory Medicine Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Professor of Laboratory Medicine, of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Vice Chair of Diversity, Immunobiology; Institutional Leader, CIRTL Network

    Dr. Kavathas studies the T cell co-receptor CD8ab and the  functional significance of four isoforms of the human CD8b protein that exist in humans and great apes but not mice. More recently she is studying the basis for acquired resistance to immunotherapy of human lung cancer tumors.Dr. Kavathas is currently Vice Chair of Diversity for both the Departments of Immunobiology and of Laboratory Medicine.  She is on the board of Status of Women in Medicine, SWIM, and of the Women’s Faculty Forum, WFF,  (Chair from 2013-2017). She played a role in diversifying portraits at Yale including commissioning a portrait of the first women PhDs located in the nave of Sterling library.  Other activities include  co-organizing a conference entitled “Gender Rules,” publication of The View (a demographic analysis of women and URMs at Yale), expansion of the Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center, and changes in parental leave policies.