PhD Candidate, McMaster University
There are a ton of women in STEM fields - seeing is believing!
What do you do?
I study the origins of cardiovascular disease risk factors across the lifecourse, with a special attention on Indigenous Peoples health and the health of immigrants/newcomers. I am committed to the implementation of collaborative community-based partnerships to collect and deliver equitable, relevant, and evidence-based knowledge translation outputs.
Why did you choose this field?
My interest in studying the early-life risk factors for cardiovascular disease began in 2009 while I was working as a medical interpreter at Mount Sinai Hospital. During this experience, I built relationships with pregnant women who had been admitted due to complications from cardiovascular disease. In addition to interpreting complex medical information, I also played a role in advocating for patients and their families by translating cultural nuances, helping them find comfort in a foreign healthcare system, and offering support during difficult, life-changing situations. This taught me the importance of clearly communicating health information. In addition, witnessing the late-stage complications of cardiovascular disease inspired me to take an active stance on primary prevention.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Doing a PhD, co-founding/running a charity, co-owning a science/research communication company while also raising children!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love being guided curiosity, driven by innovation, and being able to engage in critical thinking everyday!
Best advice for next generation?
There are a ton of women in STEM fields who are working on solutions-driven approaches to real-world challenges. And, many of them are really lovely people! You can read about, reach out to, or connect with them to learn more about their work! Seeing is believing!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" -Gandhi