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Women in Science

Currently, the Reddy Lab has more scientists that are women at all levels - postdoctoral scientists, technicians, students, and interns. We believe this is a wonderful accomplishment, and we recognize the need for more women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Why do we need more women in science? According to United Nations data less than 30% of scientific researchers worldwide are women, and according to the Pew Research Center, women remain underrepresented in engineering, computer science and physical science. Globally, women represent only 17% of researchers in mathematics, 18% in physics, 19% in engineering sciences, and 31% in chemistry. The proportion of women in research, public or private, may be evolving. It is important that education continues to reinforce the importance of women’s roles in STEM fields.

Historians with an interest in gender and science have researched the scientific endeavors and accomplishments of women, the barriers they have faced, and the strategies implemented to have their work peer-reviewed and accepted in major scientific journals and other publications. More importantly, we must support women in maintaining a work-life balance, teaching, and writing competitive grants and manuscripts. In a historically male-dominated field, we recognize that these tasks may be increasingly burdensome to our female colleagues.

When it comes to the topic of women in science, Marie Curie usually dominates the conversation. She discovered two elements, was the first women to win a Nobel Prize, in 1903, and was the first person to win a second Nobel, in 1911.

Dr. Reddy and his colleagues encourage and strongly supports women in science. The Reddy lab is committed to ensuring flexibility and an encouraging environment for women in science. We ensure that our scientists are under no time restrictions and they may come and go as long they are happy and enjoy their work.

The following women are currently working in the Reddy Lab. You can learn more about them under the "Current Staff" and "Prior Staff" sections:

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