Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD Hear my name
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Biomedical Genetics

PhD, University of California San Francisco
MS, University of California San Francisco
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Dr. Dasgupta is a scientist educator whose significant scholarly contributions center around curriculum design, teaching, and service. She is a Professor of Medicine and an Assistant Dean of Admissions with a demonstrated history of working in a diverse and inclusive higher education environment. Dr. Dasgupta has leveraged her expertise in basic and medical genetics and genomics, graduate education, and medical education to transform and advance the clinical and scientific training of MD and PhD students at Boston University, nationally, and internationally. Her passion for genetics, genomic medicine, diversity and inclusion, and mentoring allow her to serve as a supportive and creative leader in the field.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

My role in the Department and School is as a basic science educator. Throughout my teaching activities, I highlight topics focused on equity with respect to gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, and other marginalized identities. For example, I developed a health equity curriculum with a basis in the understanding of human genetic variation. By beginning with this foundational content and extending into the applied realms of inclusion in genetics research and genetic testing, I help students see the potential harms that result when antiracist practices are not implemented from the outset of a given endeavor. Through my extensive work in diversity, equity, and inclusion, I have also become a champion for our campus antiracism and gender and sexual diversity efforts in curricular design, admissions, and most recently through my affiliation with the Ibram X. Kendi Center for Antiracist Research. Our antiracist curriculum reform process is featured in a 2022 article in Academic Medicine, on which I am senior author. With respect to graduate education, I teach a class (GMS GE 706) focused on deconstructing systemic bias by helping students to explore the relationship between race, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, gender, ability status, and identity. I also direct a new program, the Emerging Scientific Scholars Program, designed to provide mentoring and support for PhD students from backgrounds that have been historically excluded from science.

Nationally, I am the Past-President and Chair of DEI for the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, an organization that brings together clinical genetics educators across North America. As President, an important area of focus for me has been giving our community of educators the tools to create inclusive, antiracist educational spaces. Towards this end, I have been publishing, sponsoring workshops, creating shared curricula, and providing consultation for colleagues engaged in equity projects at their institutions. I have also been working to further efforts in inclusive genetics education and practice via my involvement in initiatives through key partner organizations. For example, I have spoken at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health on the topic of equity in genomic medicine. Similarly, I served as an expert panelist for the Race, Genetic Ancestry, and Disease Risk session in the University of California, San Francisco UC-wide virtual event series on Racism and Race: The Use of Race in Medicine and Implications for Health Equity. My work on the impact of bias towards individuals with disabilities on genetic testing practices was also featured in the 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium sponsored by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. In addition, I am serving on the Advisory Board of the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative, a program sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics that seeks to diversify the scientific workforce. Finally, I was in conversation with Angela Saini, author of Superior: The Return of Race Science, in a special seminar broadcast nationally by the National Human Genome Research Institute in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others.

I am also under contract with the University of California Press to write a book tentatively titled Where Biology Ends and Bias Begins: Lessons on Belonging from Our DNA, expected in late 2024 or early 2025.

These selected activities demonstrate the breadth of my commitment to the causes of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. This work of justice embodies both my professional and personal values and motivates me on a daily basis as an area of critical importance for the health and well-being of our society.

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Medical Sciences & Education

Assistant Dean
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

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  1. Chung WK, Dasgupta S, Regier DS, Solomon BD. The Clinical Geneticist Workforce: Community Forums to Address Challenges and Opportunities. Genet Med. 2024 Mar 08; 101121. PMID: 38469792
  2. Dasgupta S, Zaia J. Antiracism in biomolecular research. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2023 Nov; 415(27):6611-6613.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37728748; PMCID: PMC10840758; DOI: 10.1007/s00216-023-04952-9;
  3. Jungels A, Demers L, Ford E, Stevens BK, Sabatello M, Dasgupta S. Project Inclusive Genetics: Protecting reproductive autonomy from bias via prenatal patient-centered counseling. HGG Adv. 2023 Oct 12; 4(4):100228. PMID: 37646012; PMCID: PMC10461018; DOI: 10.1016/j.xhgg.2023.100228;
  4. Green KA, Wolinsky R, Parnell SJ, Del Campo D, Nathan AS, Garg PS, Kaplan SE, Dasgupta S. Deconstructing Racism, Hierarchy, and Power in Medical Education: Guiding Principles on Inclusive Curriculum Design. Acad Med. 2022 Jun 01; 97(6):804-811.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34817407
  5. Vaimberg E, Demers L, Ford E, Sabatello M, Stevens B, Dasgupta S. Project Inclusive Genetics: Exploring the impact of patient-centered counseling training on physical disability bias in the prenatal setting. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0255722. PMID: 34352009; PMCID: PMC8341652; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0255722;
  6. Dasgupta S. An Anti-Racism Toolkit for the Genetics Educator. Genet Med. 2020 11; 22(11):1911-1912. PMID: 32788666
  7. Dasgupta S, Feldman GL, Powell CM, Toriello HV, Westman J, Wilson WG, Waggoner DJ. Training the next generation of genomic medicine providers: trends in medical education and national assessment. Genet Med. 2020 10; 22(10):1718-1722. PMID: 32555416
  8. Hoffman JD, Thompson R, Swenson KB, Dasgupta S. Complexities of Clinical Genetics Consultation: An Interprofessional Clinical Skills Workshop. MedEdPORTAL. 2020 01 24; 16:10869.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32342009; PMCID: PMC7182040; DOI: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10869;
  9. Campion M, Goldgar C, Hopkin RJ, Prows CA, Dasgupta S. Genomic education for the next generation of health-care providers. Genet Med. 2019 11; 21(11):2422-2430. PMID: 31110330
  10. Hyland K, Dasgupta S. Medical genetics and genomics education and its impact on genomic literacy of the clinical workforce. Genet Med. 2019 05; 21(5):1259-1260. PMID: 31048815
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2021 Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences: Exceptional Teaching Award During COVID-19
2021 Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Department of Medicine: Faculty Development and Diversity Award
2020-2022 Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics: President
2019-2024 United States Department of State: Fulbright Specialist
2018 Boston University School of Medicine: Excellence in Educational Scholarship Mentoring
2015 Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics: Second Prize Abstract
2014 Boston University School of Medicine: BUMC Pride Award for Excellence in Equality
2014 Boston University Department of Medicine: Robert Dawson Evans Special Recognition Teaching Award
2014 Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics: First Prize Abstract
2013 Boston University School of Medicine: Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching
2012 Boston University School of Medicine: Faculty Recognition Award
2012 American Society of Human Genetics: Fourth place GenArt award
1999 University of California, San Francisco: Richard Fineberg Memorial Teaching Award
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