Cherilynn R. Shadding
Washington University School of Medicine
Cherilynn Reynolds Shadding, Ph.D., serves as the Outreach Director for the McDonnell Genome Institute, a position she has held since 2006. In this position, she is responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining genomics education programs for the community at large and for K-12 and undergraduate students that stimulate their interest in careers in genomics related fields.
Through her leadership, Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) was launched in 2007. This program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who obtain Ph.D.s in the field of genomics/genetics. To date, two programs have been implemented under OGR, Undergraduate Scholars and Extensive Study. Dr. Shadding is currently involved in research that seeks to identify the interventions that encourage minority students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).