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 and 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 quote / fun fact / role model
"Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on." -Serena Williams