Associate professor, University of North Carolina

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Working in a STEM field will guarantee you'll never get bored!

Patricia Silveyra

What do you do?

I lead a research group which works to understand the causes of asthma and other lung diseases in women.

Why did you choose this field?

I was initially intrigued by how many diseases are only studied using male models. Then I found out that this results in very poor outcomes and failure of treatment in women; so I wanted to help bridge that disparity.

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

Basically everything that happened in my professional life! I still can't believe I am a professor in the US. Younger me couldn't even dream of being a professional, nor to even travel to this country.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love that I get to work with people who are passionate and have diverse backgrounds.

Best advice for next generation?

Working in a STEM field will guarantee you'll never get bored! There are constant discoveries and surprises, and that's exciting.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” - Maya Angelou

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