Vanessa Small

Director of Biologics at Cue Health, Inc

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Seek out internships and expose yourself to different fields to really hone in on what your interests are.

What do you do?

I am responsible for a team of scientist which produce proteins and enzymes used in my company's diagnostic assay.

Why did you choose this field?

I also loved science as a child and thought that i wanted to be a medical doctor. In college, I was interned in an academic research lab and really enjoyed conducting scientific experiments. My professors encouraged me to apply to graduate school, and I continued to pursue a career in th Biotechnology industry after recieving my PhD.

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

I wish I had known that there are many different paths to get to your dream career and everyone does not travel the same path.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love that everyday brings new challenges and I am always learning.

Best advice for next generation?

Seek out internships and expose yourself to different fields to really hone in on what your interests are.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. - Michelle Obama

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