What do you do?
I work as a medical writer in the health sciences sector. My role comes into play during several stages ranging from the initiation of a clinical trial to communicating the results of the clinical trial. An important focus of my role is to succinctly convey complex clinical data to different audiences. I work with crossfunctional stakeholders to deliver the key messages.
Why did you choose this field?
My love for writing began as a child thanks to my father. It initially began with writing travelogues after family trips and soon transitioned to opinion pieces for institutional magazines.
Fast forward to graduate school where I was pursuing my Ph.D. in Toxicology, I realized that effective scientific communication skills are essential for success. I volunteered as a content contributor for ASBMB Today, the membership magazine of the fantastic organization known as ASBMB. This was an extremely rewarding and fun opportunity.
My love for science and writing essentially resulted in me choosing the medical writing field. And the fact that I am contributing in a small way to the life-changing medicines is also very rewarding.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
The fact that there are amazing mentors out there who are willing to help and the fact that it is okay to ask questions no matter how trivial they are!
Why do you love working in STEM?
STEM involves demystifying nature - it gives me a thrill to decipher why things behave the way they do!
Best advice for next generation?
Seek inspiring mentors and be resilient
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
Find people who will make you better - Michelle Obama