Varsha Pednekar Career Development Committee Chair, AWIS Houston
Varsha Pednekar Ph.D., Patent Agent, is the Career Development Chair of the Association for Women in Science, Gulf Coast Houston Chapter for the 2020-2021 term.
Varsha has a diverse technical background spanning chemistry to cancer biology. Her experience includes work in technology transfer: analyzing market and commercialization potential of invention disclosures, examining freedom to operate issues for inventions, marketing and licensing inventions. She brings in 10+ years of research experience, during her doctoral work she studied the role of DNA repair in cancer causing mutations and as a postdoctoral candidate she evaluated the effect of environmental mutagens in plastics and their effect on the cancer micro-environment at a research driven cancer institute. She has also worked as liaison between industrial partners and the internal team at a start-up in Connecticut.
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network that inspires bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM, spark innovation, promote organizational success and drive systemic change.