On Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) welcomed guest speaker, Honey Reddi, Ph.D., FACMG, for the Women L.E.A.D. in S.T.E.A.M. Speaker Series. Dr. Reddi, who serves as the Clinical Laboratory Director at Jackson Laboratory in Farmington, Conn., presented her lecture entitled, “Precision Medicine: Using Genomics for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer.” In addition, she also spoke about her affiliations, awards, research, and career path.
Dr. Reddi is an ABMG-certified molecular geneticist who earned her Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the International Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology and Hamdard University. During her presentation, Dr. Reddi shared her journey in academia, explaining that she earned her doctoral degree at the age of 40, while working as a research assistant. Now, she enjoys giving back to non-profit organizations, academia, and the industry. Affiliated with numerous associations – such as the College of American Pathologists, the American College for Medical Genetics & Genomics, and AstraZeneca – Dr. Reddi is repeatedly recognized for her work; most recently she was awarded the “2018 Women of Innovation” for Large Business Innovation and Leadership by the Connecticut Technology Council.
“In my opinion, some of the greatest takeaways from Dr. Reddi are: always believe in yourself, enjoy the small things in life, be optimistic, find a mentor, work with passion, and most importantly, never give up and always continue to move forward no matter what might fall in your way. The words expressed by Dr. Reddi correspond perfectly to both the values and environment of our school as a whole,” said Biochemistry Major Anna Capparella ’20.
“I enjoyed Dr. Reddi’s presentation very much and the great turnout from the students illustrates how valuable these types of presentations are at USJ,” said Jesse Crandall, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chemistry. “I think it is powerful for students to see highly successful people in the sciences who take unconventional paths to find their career passion. Dr. Reddi exemplifies the way that a person with a strong belief in themselves can rise to the top of her field. I also really appreciated the way in which Dr. Reddi emphasized the collaborative nature of her work and exposed the students to a variety of different jobs and careers that support the work that she leads.”
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