We are the Philadelphia chapter of R-Ladies Global, a world-wide organization that promotes gender diversity in the R community and in data science more broadly. While our group name does have ‘R’ and ‘Ladies’ in the title, we welcome all individuals who share our values and follow our code of conduct and who have an interest in data science, regardless of proficiency with R.
Since our first meetup in January 2018, R-Ladies Philly has grown to a highly active, diverse and community-driven group, with:
We are always looking for more ways to grow and for new data approaches to try! Connect with us via the R-Ladies Philly Slack, Email email@example.com or better yet, come to one of our Meetup events!
Darina is a data analyst at a hospital in the Philadelphia area. She uses R to run statistical tests and build models for epidemiological studies with the goal of developing patient interventions for disease prevention. She grew up in Philadelphia. Darina joined R Ladies Philly to meet other R enthusiasts.
Karla works as Senior Data Scientist at AmeriHealth Caritas, where she builds identification and stratification solutions for different populations in the healthcare industry, and coordinates larger data science efforts. Originally from Romania, Karla completed her B.A. in psychology in Germany, her M.A. in social sciences in Chicago, and her Ph.D. in psychology/neuroscience in Philly.
Chun is a bioinformatics scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she explores the influence of the molecular regulatory architecture on the genetic susceptibility for childhood diseases by analyzing genomics data. She completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Virginia, studying a family of parasitic plants that infect crops in Africa. She uses R extensively for statistical analysis and data visualization in her research. Chun joined R Ladies Philly to learn data science and socialize with local R users.
Alice is a computational biologist who works in pharmaceutical drug development and has lived in the Philadelphia area for the last ten years. She uses R to transform biomarker data from patients into useful insights that can help doctors make better decisions. Alice was inspired to start an R-Ladies chapter in Philadelphia after seeing a video of another R-Ladies meetup online.
As a senior manager of Strategic Analytics at Comcast, Jessie assigns value to video programming and predicts the impact of specific content loss. She leverages R in her work for data wrangling, statistical analyses, and automating everything possible, building functions, packages and R Markdown outputs. Jessie holds a BA in Psychology and a post-grad certification in Applied Statistics from Penn State.
Jesika is a final year graduate student in pharmacology. She is a beginner R user that uses R for data visualization and statistical analysis of her wet lab research. She is interested in learning more about how to use R in drug discovery. She joined R Ladies to improve her R skills, meet others in the Philadelphia area, help promote diversity in the programming space, and be a part of a community with others learning or using R.
Katerina Placek, MSc (she/her) Co-Founder and Blog Chair: Jan 2018 - July 2019
Katie Cousins, PhD (she/her) Co-Founder: Jan 2018 - July 2018
Amy Goodwin Davies, PhD (she/her) Organizer: 2019 - 2022
Cass Wilkinson Saldaña (they/he) Organizer: 2021 - 2022
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R-Ladies Philly is fortunate to receive support from several amazing organizations. Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Some of our past and current sponsors include: