A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water resource specialist took the podium at Tarrant County College-Trinity River Campus, imploring her audience of about 100 women, “never give up and never let anyone stop you from doing what you want to do.”
The message from Dr. Dotty Woodson, Dallas, came as part of the college’s March 20 panel discussion, “Women in STEM” – an event on the role of women in science, technology, engineering and math. Woodson joined the panel alongside Dr. Anupma Sharma, a genomics postdoctoral research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Dallas.
Sharma discussed education in her native New Delhi, India, her genomics doctorate from the University of Hawaii and her postdoctoral work, studying genomes by processing massive amounts of data.
“What interested me about genomics was its profound implications in nearly every field of biology,” Sharma said. “Advancements in sequencing technology have enabled sequencing of the human genome for less than $1,000 compared to billions just two decades ago. This has opened opportunities and challenges, especially in personalized medicine.”
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