Postdoctoral Researcher, Molecular Biology
University of Pennsylvania
What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I always enjoyed science and maths at school, but what inspired me to go into medical research was a desire to help people like my brother Michael, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
In my previous lab I worked on a high-throughput screen of FDA-approved drugs to look for activity that would be beneficial to DMD. I got to learn about the technology used for high-throughput screening and the project had very direct clinical relevance.
My current mentor, Elisabeth Barton, is an amazing role model. She’s an incredible scientist who seems to really love what she does, and still manages to enjoy life outside of work too.
Why do you love working in STEM?
It’s a pretty amazing thing to go to work every day and have the chance to discover something completely new. I never stop learning, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that my work can make a difference for people.
Advice for future STEMinists?
Mentoring is really important. Take every opportunity to meet other women scientists, like joining professional societies such as the Association for Women in Science. Find people you can relate to and learn from them. And stay connected to your passion for STEM.
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