#FirstGenDocsFeature: Meet Dr. Shannon Romano!

“Raised in rural Georgia, the middle child of a mother who didn’t graduate high school and a father with a 2-year nursing degree, I never considered being a future scholar/doctor. I started my biology undergrad studies in 2009, as a 27 year old single mother of two, and went directly to a PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There, I studied how steroid hormone signaling through a non-canonical estrogen receptor affected heart rate during development and I received my PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2017. It was during this time that I also had my third child. I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where I use Zebrafish to study how an RNA-binding protein influences germline stem cell identity and gonad differentiation.”

“It’s important for young scientists to see people to whom they can relate. Women belong in science, mothers belong in science, and #firstgens belong in science!!!”

Dr. Shannon Romano

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