Silvia Sato Soto

University of Tsukuba

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We are all equal and we should not be afraid of speaking out our opinions.

What do you do?

Researching about microorganisms that could shape our environment and be passionate about it

Why did you choose this field?

By the third year of my undergraduate studies I decided to put all my efforts into contributing to the solution of the main problem I have been concerned about from school: contamination and environmental degradation. From all the subjects I studied, I thought microbiology was the best field for me to tackle this problem as I realized that microorganisms were and still are involved in main biogeochemical processes. For me they are the little engines of our world, catalyzing a lot of reactions. By protecting the environment we protect life.

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

Studying abroad and continuing doing research.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the fact that we are constantly learning and this knowledge can contribute into building a better world. We can dedicate our time in analyzing, reading, learning, and doing experiments to prove our hypothesis and conclude something we already tested.

Best advice for next generation?

We are all equal and we should not be afraid of speaking out our opinions. We should not accept comments if we feel they are not contributing into our growth.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make"

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