Laura Desveaux

Scientist, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions & Virtual Care


STEM education provides you with a set of core skills and it keeps so many doors open.

What do you do?

It is my job to help health system decision makers understand what interventions and strategies work best for which type(s) of people, and in what setting. This helps us deploy limited healthcare resources more effectively and efficiently.

Why did you choose this field?

I was always a curious kid (think the kid always asking ‘why’). I needed to be able to understand things, so pursuing a PhD to learn a range of methodologies to answer complex questions was a natural fit. I’m also surrounded.

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

Being awarded my first research grant as a scientist and placing first in the competition.

Why do you love working in STEM?

The world is always evolving so the possibilities are endless. I love that my work week is a mix of so many different things. Even better- I can apply my skill set in so many different settings that I will always be able to challenge myself and find meaningful work.

Best advice for next generation?

STEM education provides you with a set of core skills. Instead of narrowing your career options, it keeps so many doors open.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

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