Research Associate, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Never be afraid to follow your passions.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a clinical researcher who is interested in bone health. I study how the exercise-induced decrease in the amount of calcium in your blood may cause bones to break down, which could increase the risk for bone fracture with age.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I was always interested in science, but I thought I wanted to be a medical doctor. During college, I realized that there are many ways to impact human health besides being a doctor. For me, what inspired my passion was my first college-level physiology class. After that, I was hooked, and I decided to pursue a PhD.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I wish younger me knew that getting a PhD in a scientific field was achievable. You can help people live healthier lives through research, not just by being a healthcare provider.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love always being at the edge of new discoveries. I get to do things that no one has ever done before and I have the freedom to explore the topics I find interesting. Every day is different.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Never be afraid to follow your passions. Just because someone like you hasn't done something before doesn't mean you can't be the first one to do it.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda