Three Books that Changed my Life as a Female Professor in Academia

It’s an unfortunate but well-documented fact that bias against women is rampant in the professional world (not just academia). Although I have been more fortunate than many of my female peers in this regard, I have certainly experienced this, mostly in little ways, though occasionally in jaw-droppingly big ones. Two examples will suffice. As a grad student in the early 1990s, a PI of a neighboring lab told me, “Women shouldn’t try to do science because to be successful, you need a wife.”  Sadly, this type of thinking is not ancient history. A few years ago, I was slated to give a major talk at a prestigious conference alongside two men. Upon seeing the program, a senior individual at my institution said, “I see that you are the X-chromosome invitation.”  Importantly, men are not the only perpetrators of such bias; women are just as likely to negatively judge other women and unconsciously reward or favor men.


The Delta Trick of COVID-19

Since the first report of SARS-CoV-2 from Wuhan, back in December 2019, the pandemic has ravaged the world with ever-evolving different variants-with changing dominance patterns. Different variant of concerns (alpha, beta, gamma, delta and kappa) with corresponding spike mutations, rendering evasion of the immune system and making them varyingly resistant to different vaccines (1). Presently, the delta variant (B.1.617.2) has outcompeted the other variants of concern and is globally the most intimidatingly dominant one.