, clinical laboratory director at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for Genomic Medicine, was among the winners at the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2018 annual Women of Innovation Awards Gala on March 28.
Reddi, an ABMG-certified molecular geneticist, won in the Large Business Innovation and Leadership Category and was one of 50 Connecticut women nominated in nine categories. The awards celebrate and foster a growing network of Connecticut women in science, technology, engineering, and math.
At JAX, Reddi is focused on developing sophisticated clinical genomics testing for cancers and other diseases.
“I’m honored to receive this award — it’s a reflection of the innovative work we do at JAX and our CLIA laboratory where science becomes precision medicine. The opportunity to translate research more rapidly into genomic tests that enable physicians to diagnose and treat their patients more precisely and effectively is making a real difference to the health of people right here in Connecticut, and around the country,” Reddi says.
Dr. Reddi joined JAX in 2016 from Transgenomic Inc., where she held the role of vice president for clinical operations and clinical lab director. She earned her Ph.D. in biotechnology from the International Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB) and Hamdard University (New Delhi, India), and completed a fellowship with the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) in Clinical Molecular Genetics. Reddi sits on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut’s Professional Science Master’s program in applied genomics and has an assistant professorship position at University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health).
Past JAX nominees of the Women of Innovation Awards include 2016 nominee Karolina Palucka, M.D., Ph.D.Conducts research to understand how vaccines work and to define precisely the immune mechanisms that underlie vaccination, with a focus on cancer immunotherapies.Karolina Palucka, M.D., Ph.D. , one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of cancer immunology. In 2015 JAX Genomic Medicine Site Director Yu-Hui Rogers of The Jackson Laboratory among top category winners at Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation awardsYu-Hui Rogers of The Jackson Laboratory among top category winners at Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation awardsYu-Hui Rogers was recognized as the leader in the Large Business category.
The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology-oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building, and assistance for growing companies since 1994. Speaking for 2,500 companies that employ some 200,000 residents, the mission of the Connecticut Technology Council is to spark innovation, cultivate tech talent, foster business growth, advocate for industry-beneficial law and policy, expand the scope of industry networking and professional development, and celebrate industry achievements in the state. The CTC seeks to serve Connecticut’s technology ecosystem by providing leadership, support, mentoring, and advocacy to companies across every industry and at every stage of growth.
The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, California, and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut. It employs 2,100 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.