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1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Denisse Vega Ocasio, I am a Global Health and Infectious Disease researcher originally from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I completed my undergraduate training in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Following that, I completed my Master’s Degree in Public Health and Health Policy in Philadelphia from the...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hello! My name is Emma Fattori and I’m a front-end developer that works at Q4 Inc - a tech company focused on Investor Relations products. Our office is based in Toronto, but I work out of the Hamilton office. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? It took awhile for me to get to this point,...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi! My name is Monica Vidaurri, and I am an astrobiologist and policy and ethics specialist. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? It was an incredibly roundabout way to arrive here! I have always been fascinated with astrobiology (even before I knew the word for it!) and space science. However,...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is CharleneRivera-Bonet and I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I completed my bachelor’s in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey and am currently a graduate student in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I work in a laboratory that uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a tool to study the brain. Basically, it...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Rebecca Hayes. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in August 2018 with a B.S in Biological Sciences with a Chemistry Minor and have been working there since as a research technician in the Ashman Lab. I worked on developing an undergraduate level lab curriculum that explores the floral microbiome and flower UV patterns that has been taken by hundreds of students...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Ester Alvarez-Benedicto and I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Obtained my BS in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras in 2018. I am currently living in Dallas while I get my PhD in Cancer Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?  My name is Danielle Twum and I am from Ghana, West Africa. I currently work as a field scientist for LevitasBio, a startup in the biotechnology field. My job allows me to work with people from many backgrounds, learning ways to combine their research with our technology at LevitasBio. I use a small device and a powerful magnet to separate large and small cells from each other,...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do? I am Carla S. Rodriguez-Tirado. I am originally from Puerto Rico, but I currently live in Dallas where I am working on getting my PhD in Cancer Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. My research involves finding ways that cancer develops resistance to current therapies available. I spend most of my time in lab running experiments. 2. How did you...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Chinmayi Balusu. I’m a 17-year-old undergraduate student at Columbia University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the life sciences. I’m passionate about neuroscience and its interdisciplinary connections. In my free time, I enjoy writing poetry, exploring nature, practicing taekwondo, and exploring new music. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Melisa and I am a Mexican palaeontologist doing my PhD in the UK. I am based at the University of Bristol, where I study the earliest mammals! I use engineering techniques to better understand how their jaws were built and how this relates to the way these animals were eating! I also love doing science communication and science graphic design. 2. How did you arrive at...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Nicol Caplin and I am currently a Research Fellow level project scientist in Astrobiology at the European Space Agency. 2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I knew that I wanted a science career when I entered university, I just wasn’t sure of the exact area. I picked out...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi! My name is Adana Llanos Wilson, although professionally I go by Adana Llanos. I am a molecular and cancer epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Public Health. My research focuses on cancers that disproportionately affect minorities and medically underserved populations. The objective of my research program is to understand the molecular and sociobiological...