Gabriela K Popescu

Professor

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Know you can! Know you are needed! Know it's a lot of fun!

What do you do?

Teach biochemistry and train students to use the scientific method to answer urgent question about how to maintain health and cure disease.

Why did you choose this field?

In my senior year in high school I learned about genetics and its power to end hunger and cure disease. On the spot, I felt that a career dedicated to learning and discovery about life and its mechanisms would be deeply meaningful and satisfying.

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

I don't second guess my younger me. I thank her for all her choices. They brought me to my current success.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the clarity a well controlled experiment brings to light! I wake up eager to know the answer to yesterday's urgent and important question: is this true? Whether a YES or a NO, the answer is equally satisfying. Because it is the truth. No ifs and buts about it!

Best advice for next generation?

Know you can! Know you are needed! Know it's a lot of fun!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Omnia mea mecum porto (all I have - of any value - I carry with me).

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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