Dr. Daniela Sharma received her B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut in 1993 and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1999. She joined Rutgers University as an assistant director in the Office of Research, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in 2000. In 2008, she joined the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University as a teacher and soon was appointed the undergraduate program director. She supervises the Animal Science undergraduate curriculum, providing guidance to students and faculty, and serves to promote both strong academic and experience-based opportunities for the program.
Dr. Sharma's graduate training focused on male reproductive behavior and endocrinology, but her interest in education and companion animals led to both faculty and leadership positions with the American College of Applied Sciences, an online college providing courses for nontraditional students interested in companion animal behavior education. Presently, she is the coordinator for companion animal educational activities in her current department and frequently advises students on companion animal-related career opportunities.