Carmen J Reynolds, PhD

Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic

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Be confident and find someone who will listen to you.

What do you do?

I'm a postdoc working on understand why and how kidney stones form.

Why did you choose this field?

When I was younger, I thought I wanted to become a physician, but struggled to make the commitment. I worked a few other jobs in the meantime including a 7-yr career as a firefighter. Once I realized that I wanted to be a scientist, I left my firefighter career and went back to school. I don't regret the time that I spent to figure out my personality because it gave me life skills that I use to inspire colleagues.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I literally had no idea what a career in research was. No one I knew had such experience and it wasn't suggested in my school.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Science is like a puzzle to me. I love putting the pieces together to come up with new ideas and perspectives.

Best advice for next generation?

Be confident and find someone who will listen to you and who you will take their advice.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

It's [sometimes] better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

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