Neha Pankow is an Associate Program Director within the NCAR and Facilities Section in the Division of Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences.
As a Graduate student at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Neha performed single-molecule biophysics experiments to study transport mediated by the motor protein, kinesin. She used the mechanical engineering knowledge from her undergraduate training to build custom microscopes for cutting-edge experiments. Because she thrived on the challenge of translating her skill set to solve new problems, she sought to apply her biophysics findings to cell biology questions as a post-doctoral fellow sponsored by the American Cancer Society at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Her research work has been published in high impact journals such as Nature Chemical Biology and the Biophysical Journal.
Neha enjoys working closely with people from different backgrounds and believes that diversity contributes strongly to innovative thinking. Both in India and the U.S., she has volunteered through non-profit organizations in areas including sanitation, mental health, STEM outreach, gender equality and prevention of child abuse. These outreach experiences in addition to her several years in various STEM environments have left her eager to work on policy issues addressing education, outreach and diversity in the conduct of basic science.