Melanie Odenkirk



Seek opportunities to learn.

What do you do?

We work to understand the biological role of lipids in health

Why did you choose this field?

I had a wonderful high school chemistry teacher and was fortunate to go to a high school with an advanced placement and forensic class. I took all of these classes with the same professor and it really motivated me to pursue chemistry further.

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

The sheer number of presentations I would be giving about my research. Being able to share the work we do eloquently and feel confident answering questions is not a place I thought I would ever reach but now presentations are one of my favorite things.

Why do you love working in STEM?

The people are my favorite part of STEM. I am lucky to work with a group and collaborate with people who encourage me and push me to be a better scientist.

Best advice for next generation?

Seek opportunities to learn, learning should be fun and even experiences you have that you do not enjoy are valuable because you learn about what you don't like for the future.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Imagination of the highest form a research

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