Postbaccalaureate Fellow, National Institutes of Health
Find mentors that are already women in STEM.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Through my work in a research lab, I aim to further the understanding of how airborne fungi cause asthma and lung inflammation.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
Asthma is a disease that affects many. It is a large public health threat, so any new discoveries made in the field have the potential to improve the health of many individuals.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Getting published in a medical journal. When I was in college, I would read scientific studies and think that earning a place among the authors was so far out of my reach. I know now just how possible it is and cannot wait to make more contributions to the body of scientific knowledge.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I look forward to being met with new challenges each day. Scientists must constantly use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make discoveries. Even when you are an expert in a field, there is always something new to learn.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Find mentors that are already women in STEM. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by successful women working in STEM from a young age, so I was confident in my ability to pursue a career in science. If they could do it, why not me too?
INSPO / FUN FACT
"Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on." -Serena Williams