NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Dana Schroeder

Dr. Dana Schroeder

Female faculty are well represented in my department and field.

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
University of Manitoba
As an academic, what is your favourite part of your job?

Teaching and interacting with students. Designing experiments to answer questions that no one knows the answer to is pretty cool too.

What are you researching and what excites you about it?

We are using molecular genetics to dissect plant environmental response. Basically we want to identify genes that help plants respond optimally to light, heat, drought, or UV stress.

What types of professions can students graduating in your field enter?

Students can progress from these studies to academics or industry in a number of areas: agriculture, plant or animal development, or medicine, since similar tools are used in all these fields.

Is your workplace male-dominated? If so, how do you negotiate being a woman in a male-dominated workplace and/or field?

Female faculty are well represented in my department and field and my lab is currently primarily female.

How do you foster and encourage diversity in your workplace?

My lab has had, and continues to have, students from all over the world.

What advice would you give to girls or young women who are interested in careers in science or engineering?

I would tell them to follow their passion

As a professional in science or engineering, who are your role models and mentors?

My post doctoral supervisor, Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute, is a brilliant and successful scientist and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar. My former head, Judy Anderson, is diplomatic, productive, able to balance research and administration, and has been empathetic and supportive over the course of my career.