Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza
Assistant Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico
You will become better with practice, and the more you try, the higher the chance that you will achieve your goal!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I lead a research group that aims to identify genetic factors, both inherited and acquired through life, that increase the risk to develop cancer. We are for the moment focusing on studying skin and liver cancer in Latin American patients. In our work, we use both experimental and computational approaches in an effort to answer our research questions.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I always enjoyed the math, informatics and biological science courses at school, and looking for suitable undergraduate degrees to pursue my interests I found the Genome Sciences program at UNAM (my University). Specifically, I was drawn to the complexity of cancer cells since early in my undergraduate studies due to some amazing teachers and to having done a couple of lab internships before graduating.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Graduating from a PhD at the University of Cambridge
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love chasing for answers to intriguing questions that may, in the long run, help cancer patients especially in Latin America. I love working with a motivated, multidisciplinary and fun team that does its best every day to deliver on our science.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Do not give up. Sounds clichéd, but I mean it. If you don't get into the program you wanted, you don't get a scholarship, or a grant - please remember this happens to everybody, many times a year. Sometimes it can feel like a lottery, and rejection is the rule. Learn from the experience and try again - you will become better with practice, and the more you try, the higher the chance that you will achieve your goal!
INSPO / FUN FACT
Always aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.