What do you do?
Research and provide diagnostic support in the parasitology department
Why did you choose this field?
I took microbiology in high school and loved it, but I also loved wildlife. In college my freshman year I took a course called wildlife parasites and was sold on the study
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Publishing manuscripts has been a wild experience. I have never been confident in my writing skills, and to see papers that I have written with me a first author has been a great experience
Why do you love working in STEM?
I like the discovery of STEM. There is something so satisfying in finding the first discovery of a parasite or the first to discover minute differences in parasites
Best advice for next generation?
Don’t be afraid to talk to someone. I think women often worry about being a nuisance, but don’t let that hold you back. Be persistent if it is something you want to do
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt