Fabiana Inés Marini Martínez

Undergraduate Molecular & Cell Biology Student at University of Puerto Rico

And - Campus Undergraduate Researcher, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Biochemistry Department

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Find your passion, you do belong here and you can definitely do the impossible.

What do you do?

As an undergraduate researcher, I'm working with Dr. Nataliya Chorna and my laboratory partners on targeting metabolic pathways for neuroblastoma therapy. My undergraduate experience has not been limited to the laboratory, I'm also a representative of the Natural Sciences Faculty at the General Students' Council. From this position I've had the amazing opportunity to work with brilliant people to promote equity and create safe learning spaces on our campus. Moreover, as a member of the Premedical Students Association and MedLife, I've been able to realize community service that aims to fight certain health disparities issues.

Why did you choose this field?

If there's a word that describes me is "curious". I'm a person that gets excited when learning new topics on any field. When first introduced to biological sciences in high school, I fell in love with the subject almost instantly, because there was so much left to discover. I was thrilled by the idea of becoming a researcher at the cutting edge of biology. Nothing could ever compete with the idea of acquiring knowledge to improve healthcare. Therefore, choosing a career in STEM represented the perfect opportunity to turn my curiosity into the perfect tool to help others.

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

You will fail a million times before you succeed. It never gets easier, but nothing can beat you if you set your mind to do it.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because it is intellectually challenging. I have the opportunity to work on hands-on tasks, as well as improving and developing solutions to modern problems.

Best advice for next generation?

Find your passion, you do belong here and you can definitely do the impossible.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"A group of determined women is a force to be reckoned with.” -Dr. Jessie C. Gray

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