Shayna Sharma

Shayna Sharma, seen from the chest up, wearing a white blouse and long black hair

Name: Shayna Sharma

Researcher/Supervisor: Dr. Steven Narod

Area of Research: Hereditary Breast Cancer

Shayna Sharma, seen from the chest up, wearing a white blouse and long black hair

What or who inspired you to join the Emily Stowe Scholars Program (ESSP)?
I was inspired to join the Emily Stowe Scholars Program by my passion for science and desire to explore research. I have been interested in medicine ever since I was a child, and hope that the program will allow me to further explore my interests within the field while making a meaningful contribution to research at Women’s College Hospital.

What was your first impression of Women’s College Hospital?
Everyone at Women’s College Hospital is so welcoming and inclusive. I am honored to be part of an institution that is committed to providing equitable access to healthcare for everyone.

What interests you most about the area of research that you’re working in?
What interests me most about hereditary breast cancer research is the relationships between different lifestyle factors and cancer prevention. Although those who carry a mutation in a breast cancer gene are at a higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, there are many factors that can lower this risk. Relationships between factors such as diet, exercise, and smoking have already been established, but factors such as medication are still being explored.

What do you think you will enjoy the most about being part of ESSP?
I think I will most enjoy the opportunity to connect with like-minded high school students, as well as learn from senior scientists exploring emerging areas of research. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to contribute to research that will positively impact the lives of so many people.

Personal or professional answers welcome: What is something that makes you smile?
A good book always makes me smile. One of my favorite things to do is read outside in the shade on a summer day.