Kalai Mathee

Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University


Science provides a wonderful window into the universe around you.

What do you do?

I am a Researcher, Educator, and Promoter of Social Causes.

Why did you choose this field?

Yes, when I was 17, I was inspired to become a scientist to discover new things.

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

I always felt that we set our own roadblocks, or let others throw them on our way. I believed in anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Discovering new pathways to understand how an organism works. I look forward to working with my many mentees and connecting with them at many levels. For me, every day is a new day to create a memory for tomorrow. I don't dwell on the past much as I cannot change it.

Best advice for next generation?

Science provides a wonderful window into the universe around you. Your brainpower supersedes your gender. Nobody can take that away from you. Never stop aiming high, higher than ever possible.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Be the best you can be.”
"Don't lose today by thinking about yesterday.”

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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