What do you do?
Teach undergraduate and graduate students in class and lab research. I specifically teach microbiology and Nucleic Acids in classroom instruction.
Why did you choose this field?
Growing up I was fascinated by stories my mother, a nurse told me about her experiences.
This led to my interest in Biology. I found that I enjoyed the laboratory classes because they were hands on and decided to pursue a research career.
In graduate school I was a teaching assistant for laboratory classes, including general biology, microbiology and advanced molecular genetics. I found that I also enjoyed teaching. This led me to a career that involves both research and teaching.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Be an effective teacher and researcher
Why do you love working in STEM?
Making new scientific discoveries in lab research and sharing them with students
Best advice for next generation?
Everyone has something useful to contribute. Their talents and ideas are needed in order for STEM to advance
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not" Dr. Seuss