Mary Michelle Shodja earned her Bachelors Degree in Medical Technology in 1992 from California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. She took her medical technology clinical year training from the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Hospital and Regional Laboratory. She earned her Masters of Science Degree in Bioanalysis in 1995 from her alma mater CSU Dominguez Hills.
She gained Certifications in both the MLS American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and CLS National Credentialing Agency (NCA) in 1993. Immediately after passing her California License, she started as a Staff CLS in the Microbiology Department of the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Regional Laboratory. For over 17 years as a CLS, she maintained a full-time position in the area of Microbiology and a part-time position as a generalist working in Hematology, Chemistry, Serology, Immunology and Non-transfusion Blood Bank.
Over the years, she took on managerial, supervisory, teaching and other administrative and consultative work but her real passion lies in the clinical bench work and teaching. She believes that in order to find what you’re looking for, you have to try out everything else. She is currently awaiting admission to the PhD program in a number of California institutions desiring to earn her last educational degree, a PhD in Molecular Microbiology. She believes that the answers to the future research lies in the field of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. She hopes to be involved in the various HIV research in the future.