Yashoda Sharma, PhD

Yashoda Sharma, PhD

As a Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Sharma’s primary responsibility is Principal Investigator for NIH’s All of Us Research Program (https://allofus.nih.gov/), one component of the national Precision Medicine Initiative. The All of Us Research Program will enroll one million or more participants in a longitudinal research study to build the most diverse research resource, which will then study how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological makeup affect our ability to prevent and treat diseases. This is a landmark opportunity to ensure underrepresented populations are contributing to the future of health care. Dr. Sharma’s additional responsibilities include serving as a preceptor to Wesleyan University and UConn students, Safety Officer and a member of the Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Sharma came to the Weitzman Institute in March 2019, after serving as the Project Administrator for the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium, and Administrative Manager in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine. In these roles, she participated in the development of long-term goals and strategic objectives and managed of several interdisciplinary multi-investigator programs. She has extensive experience with managing all aspects of academic research programs at three major academic research institutions: The Jackson Laboratory, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In these roles, Dr. Sharma served as human resources, grants manager and accountant, project and data manager, communications coordinator, and compliance and regulatory manager.

Dr. Sharma earned a Bachelors from Skidmore College and her PhD from the University of Iowa. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Jackson Laboratory. These experiences, in addition to serving as a manager and supervisor drives her passion to mentor and guide undergraduates and graduates as they explore their career paths.