Women's History Month: Scientists making history in human genetics research

Mar 28, 2022
By Alison Caldwell, PhD

Mengjie Chen, PhD (left), Megan McNerney, MD, PhD (center), Maanasa Raghavan, PhD (right), and Anindita Basu, PhD (not pictured), are working at the leading edge of human genetics research.

Despite decades of messaging that “STEM is for boys,” the proportion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics continues to rise. Today, women earn more than half of all PhDs in the biological sciences in the U.S.

Women in STEM juggle career goals, family and social expectations, while navigating the obstacles presented by systemic bias and an increasingly competitive job market. During the past two years, they’ve also confronted challenges of conducting research during a global pandemic. Despite these hurdles, many women find careers in STEM highly rewarding and view them as opportunities to bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to their fields.

At the University of Chicago, four human genetics faculty members are making waves with their research, developing new tools and techniques to understand the molecular underpinnings of disease and incorporate more inclusive approaches to the field.   READ  MORE...



Mengjie Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Human Genetics

Megan McNerney, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Maanasa Raghavan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetic

Anindita “Oni” Basu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Anindita Basu, PhD, presents her research.

Anindita Basu, PhD, presents her research.