About


            AFS is a 501c3 non-profit science advocacy and research community started by early-career scientists at MIT. We are a partner of the national and Boston chapter of the March for Science and hold conferences and events such as our Advocating for Science Workshop and Symposium. We also conduct research and make apps for the greater good through our research branch, The Global Health Research Collective.

For more information, check out AFS’s article in eLife, “Avoiding a lost generation of scientists”. Above is our infographic from the article on the academic research crisis.


Leadership

Dr. Christin Glorioso, MD PhD
AFS Co-founder and CEO
Christin is the Chief Strategist of the Bakar Aging Research Institute at UCSF. She completed her MD and PhD (neuroscience) at the CMU & University of Pittsburgh Medical Scientist Training program. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Guarente Lab at MIT. She is using big data analysis of human genetics to search for new therapeutic targets to slow-down human brain aging and treat Alzheimer’s disease. She is passionate about bringing more science into the world.
Twitter: @DrGlorioso
Email: christin@academicsforthefutureofscience.org

Justin Taylor
AFS Co-founder and Vice President
Justin is a legal archivist and writer with a background in State Politics. He has used his knowledge of the political process to help AFS inform scientists about advocacy. He is dedicated to finding modern, unconventional approaches to building an effective advocacy community using social media and other internet tools.
Twitter: @justinqtaylor
Email: mit3.savescience@gmail.com

Daniel Curtis, M.S.
AFS Advisor and Board Member

Daniel is a political campaign data expert, organization builder, academic research leader, and policy analyst with experience in several sectors. Daniel currently serves as Data Director at Beto for Texas and recently served as the Illinois Data Director for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign, data consultant to the Vote Yes for Fair Tax campaign in Illinois, and Deputy Data Director of the 2020 Maine Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Before his campaign work, Daniel managed research labs in the MIT Sloan School of Management focused on AI policy and US economic policy. Daniel also studied electricity markets, energy policy, thermal engineering, and nuclear plant design in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.


Dr. Alik Widge, MD PhD
AFS Advisor
Dr. Widge is a neural engineer and psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and MIT. His work centers around developing new technologies for re-regulating the brain circuits believed to underlie severe mental illness. He has a long history of scientific and clinical advocacy work, and advises AFS on legislative and organizing strategies.
Email: awidge@partners.org

 Dr. Nina Klymenko, PhD
AFS Artist

Nina is an artist/designer with a PhD in physics. She creates cartoons and illustrations for AFS. You can find her children’s book illustrations on her website.

Dr. Christine Oslowski, PhD
AFS Graphic Designer

Christine is a Social Media Content Specialist with Thermo Fisher Scientific and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University. She is also a Board Member of the Association for Women in Science, Massachusetts Chapter (MASS AWIS) and serves as a Co-Chair for the Communications Committee. She received her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry at University of Massachusetts Amherst and her doctorate in molecular cell biology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to her current roles, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine. During her free time, she enjoys photography, painting, and hiking.

Website: http://coslowski.wix.com/portfolio 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christineoslowski
Email: coslowski@gmail.com

Dr. Sloka Iyengar, PhD
AFS science writer

Sloka studied mechanisms by which neuronal circuits can generate and propagate spontaneous seizures as a graduate student and postdoc. She then switched to clinical epilepsy research, where she worked with adults and children with epilepsy. She is also a science writer and has coordinated several activities in the New York area for science outreach. As an advocate for neuroscience funding, she has attended several Capitol Hill day events and is the co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the NY Society for Neuroscience chapter.