Megan Dobro, assistant professor of human biology, joined the Hampshire faculty in July 2012 and is pleased with the College: “I’ve had my eyes on Hampshire for a long time, and I was worried that I had romanticized it,” she says. “Working here has been all that I hoped it would be.”
Professor Dobro earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), after completing her undergraduate work at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. Her doctoral research focused on the process through which the HIV virus exits infected cells to infect new ones.
“Studying that process will hopefully give us the insight to stop HIV from exiting out of cells. The idea was that some day someone would be able to develop a drug to be given to anyone with the virus or as a vaccine,” Dobro says.
In her spare time, Dobro enjoys travel, exercise, and crafts. On campus, she is dedicated to promoting diversity. “I think I’ve always been interested in diversity issues. I’m interested in making the College environment comfortable for all students. Diversity is necessary for our growth as a community,” she says. “My number one priority is creating a comfortable environment to foster learning. Students are most comfortable when they can push themselves, ask questions, and take risks without worrying about being wrong.”