Kayla Garrett

Research professional/University of Georgia Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

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Don’t be afraid to talk to someone.

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

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