SHARON YOUNGBLOOD is a biologist with training in the fields of immunology and molecular genetics. She has served on the faculty of several institutions, and has been a consultant to industry. Youngblood has held research associate positions at both the Howard Hughes Institute and the Molecular Cardiology department at UT Southwestern. She has served on the board of directors of the Dallas Zoological Society and Presbyterian Health Resources. She has also served as a trustee at the Hockaday School and the St. Philips School. After receiving a BS in biophysics from Southern University, she completed her PhD at MIT, followed by postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern. Youngblood belongs to numerous organizations including the National Wildlife Federation, The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, WWF, The Sierra Club, Ocean Conservancy and Nature Conservancy. She has traveled the world with her husband and five children.