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Dr. Anu Sharman

Anu Sharman, Ph.D.

Program Director
Division of Cancer Biology (DCB)

Dr. Anu Sharman manages a portfolio of grants focusing on genetic alterations associated with cancer health disparities, models for investigating cancer disparities, and drivers of genomic instability among racial/ethnic populations. Additionally, she manages R03, R15, and R50 applications related to DNA and chromosome aberrations. 

Dr. Sharman is active in the NIH Anti-Racism Steering Committee as part of the NIH UNITE initiative, which is  working to address structural racism that may exist throughout the biomedical and behavioral workforce. She is also a part of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Committee that coordinates sexual and gender minority related research and serves as a DCB liaison to the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD).  

Dr. Sharman is excited about research investigating social determinants of health in basic research. According to her, “Everyone of all backgrounds and communities should benefit from the progress being made in biomedical research.”   


Research Programs

Dr. Sharman is also involved in a trans-NCI initiative:



Dr. Sharman started her career in a Pharmacology laboratory at Georgetown University Medical Center where she tested pharmaceutical drugs on animal models. She also worked as a biologist at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 8 years, where she managed a biological sciences portfolio.



  • Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Maryland- Global Campus
  • M.S., Biology, Fordham University
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