What do you do?
I am a physician scientist. I treat patients with the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma. My laboratory and clinical research focuses on the development of novel treatments for multiple myeloma.
Why did you choose this field?
My favorite class in high school was chemistry. In college, I fell in love with bench research and knew I wanted a career in research. However, I was also very interested in medicine. My research mentor encouraged me to consider dual MD/PhD training and today, more than 20 years later, I feel privileged to have a career as a physician-scientist that I love.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
How to create synergy between clinical interests and research interests, so that both become enriched.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love discovering new things and my biggest goal is that my research will lead to improved outcomes for patients suffering from cancer.
Best advice for next generation?
Trust your brain and your heart. If you are curious about the world around you, you will find unlimited opportunities in STEM to nourish your curiosity.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg