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Maya Alexandra Carleton

Laboratory Coordinator, University of California San Diego

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It’s going to be hard, and sometimes you’ll want to give up, but that’s okay. We’ve all been there and you will make it through.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work on research to benefit patients with genetic blindness.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I always knew neuroscience was for me. My father had an anoxic brain injury before I was born, so I always wanted to help patients like him. Specifically those suffering from memory loss.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

Being respected for my research and having the confidence to lead my own projects.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

STEM allows me to be creative and innovative. Everyday I look forward to making new discoveries and helping our target population.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

It’s going to be hard, and sometimes you’ll want to give up, but that’s okay. We’ve all been there and you will make it through.

INSPO / FUN FACT

If a solution fails to appear ... and yet we feel success is just around the corner, try resting for a while. ... Like the early morning frost, this intellectual refreshment withers the parasitic and nasty vegetation that smothers the good seed. Bursting forth at last is the flower of truth.