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WIB-Pittsburgh: Spotlight on Tullia C. Bruno

Posted By Sarah Najjar, Thursday, September 12, 2019

Each month, we are featuring profiles of WIB-Pittsburgh members. We asked about their career path and experience in WIB. Read on for some interesting stories and insights!


Tullia C. Bruno
                             Secretary, WIB-Pittsburgh     

- Career position: 

Assistant Professor, Dept of Immunology, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center


- Education: 

  • BS in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University; PhD in Immunology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Postdoc in Immunology, University of Colorado/National Jewish Health


- Life science interests: 

Tumor Immunology; My research program specifically focuses on the interaction of B cells and T cells within tertiary lymphoid structures in patient solid tumors. 


- Fun facts: 

 I love to swim! I was a tap dancer for 18 years. 


Experience in WIB

- What drew you into the life sciences field and WIB?   

I have loved science ever since I was in elementary school. It started there. I had the right teachers and mentors that encouraged my scientific creativity. The rest is history! I wanted to be in WIB so I could be surrounded by other women in the biological sciences that were not necessarily in academia. I feel it will help my leadership skills and my growth as a professional. 


 - How has WIB played a role in promoting your personal or professional growth? 

WIB has helped me become a better advocate for women in science, particularly through my participation as a mentor in the MAPS program. 

- If you had one piece of advice to give a new WIB member, what would it be? 

Make sure to volunteer for things you want to do! You will enjoy it more.

Career Trajectory


- How did you come to find a career that is a good fit for you? 

I realized as an undergrad that my brain worked differently and that I had a knack for doing scientific experiments. From there, I pursued a career in research and never gave up on what I wanted to achieve. I have now achieved that goal of being an academic scientist and I hope to grow further in the field of tumor immunology!


 - What has been the biggest challenge in your career and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was learning how to manage trainees vs. mentors. They are two very different things. I looked to senior colleagues for advice and took leadership courses to learn new techniques to better train individuals with different motivations, goals and personalities!


Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey as a woman in science?

Being a woman in science is never easy, but if you have confidence in your skill and talent and are willing to push back on things you believe in, you will succeed! 

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