Professor Barres brings a unique perspective to this discussion: Professor Barres is transgender, and has experienced life as both a female and as a male scientist. His seminal article in the Journal Nature,”Does gender matter?”posits the challenge:”To paraphrase Martin Luther King, a first-class scientific enterprise cannot be built upon a foundation of second-class citizens. If women and minorities are to achieve their full potential, all of us need to be far more proactive. So what can be done?”
Ben Barres, MD, PhD is a Professor of Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, and Neurology at Stanford University. Dr. Barres earned a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, an MD from Dartmouth, and a BS in Biology from MIT. He is Associate Chair of Neurobiology at Stanford Medical School.