We sat down to speak with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi about her work in stem cell transplant for children and how they go from the bench to the bedside in treating their patients. She is Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children’s Health.

Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi’s developed an interest in stem cell or cord cell transplant in the 1980s after listening to a talk by a doctor in India. She eventually came to the US and worked at the National Institute of Health with Dr. Arhtur Neinhuis and Dr. Cynthia Dunbar. She went on to work at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. She helped establish a research lab on stem cells at the hospital.

We were curious to find out what led Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi to pursue a career in medicine? How did she prepare for a career in medicine? What was the role of her parents? What advice did her mother give that prompted her to pursue a career in pediatrics? What were the challenges she overcame when went to medical school? Tune in to find out.

This interview aired on TV in the US and is part of our Women in Science & Tech series sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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