Kelly Cristine Santos Roballo
Post Doc, University of Wyoming
I still have to fight everyday for my spot, and be always proving that I am "good" enough and deserve to be a scientist.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a neuro/immunoscienctist and co-Instructor of some classes. I have been working in regenerative medicine, using immune cells for localized immunosuppression and reduction of neuropathic pain using various cell types and biomaterials.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I choose this field because of my passion for biology in special central and peripheral nervous system. I realize that I really loved biology when I was on high school and by the first time I saw physically a DNA (strawberry), that fascinate me so much. From that day I knew I wanted to study to try to be a scientist.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I am Brazilian, and my family is really poor. I am the only graduated person on my family (more than 150 people), and the only one that pursue a Post doc and speak English. I never thought I could be where I am right now. My grandparents and parents are very proud of me.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love how STEM is dynamic and funny. But unfortunately it is really hard to be a woman and get where I am right now. I still have to fight everyday for my spot, and be always proving that I am "good" enough and deserve to be a scientist.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
You are a success, ignore who says the opposite.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney