Growing up in Bangalore, India, Sushma Ogram dreamed of becoming a doctor so she could help people. Hailing from a family with a long tradition of women who were physicians and scientists, the study of biology came naturally to her.
When she contracted polio, Sushma’s interest in biology narrowed to learning more about viruses. She moved to the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in molecular virology and, during her academic career, had the opportunity to work more closely with the very virus that plagued her as a child.
“The extensive background I have in molecular virology has proven to be invaluable in my current position at Brammer Bio where we are producing viruses that are used for gene therapy,” Sushma said. “These engineered viruses are used in clinical trials to treat inherited diseases such as hemophilia, spinal muscular atrophy, lysosomal storage diseases and several eye diseases.”