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1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? I’m a 4th year Neuroscience PhD student at Baylor College of Medicine and a happy member of the Daoyun Ji lab. I study the neuroplasticity underlying contextual fear memory in the schaffer collateral synapse in mice via tetrode recording. In other words, I study the changes in specific connections in a region of the brain called the hippocampus (i.e. region highly implicated...
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 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? Hi everyone, my name is Juita Martinez and I am a 3rd year PhD student. My current research aims to better understand the effects of coastal restoration on Louisiana's brown pelican population. Coastal Louisiana is sometimes known as a “shifting coastline”. This shift is due to erosion, sea level rise and a decrease in sediment input has led to rapid land loss across the...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi! My name is Danielle Maxwell and I am a Chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. As a first-year Chemistry Ph.D. student, I teach classes, conduct research, and take classes. I am a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for two General Chemistry Labs and am a Graduate Student Mentor (GSM) for the course as well. A GSI is like a chemistry teacher whereas a...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? I’m Eleanor Terrelonge, I’m a PhD student in molecular biology at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica. 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 was always interested in science but I fell in love with genetics and molecular biology once I started learning about...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Hi, I’m Katelyn and I’m a 2nd year PhD research student in Biomedical Engineering at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (located in Dublin), although I am originally from Canada. I carry out research in the field of orthopaedic biomaterials, and how those biomaterials interact with the human body and can enhance the bone healing process. 2. How did you arrive...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Maryam Zaringhalam and I’m a biologist by training who now works in science policy and science communication. I wear three broad hats: I’m an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, a Senior Producer for the Story Collider, and a leadership member of 500 Women Scientists. All of that work really boils down to answering this question: how can I help open...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? My name is Dr. Justyna Hampel and I am a biogeochemist and microbial ecologist. I study cycling of nitrogen in lakes and estuaries and toxic algal blooms. For my PhD work I got to work on lakes in China, Florida, and Ohio. I grew up in Poland and came to the US for my undergrad and PhD. In May, I will be starting a postdoctoral research position in marine science studying...
1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do? Uvlulluataq, I am Dr. Kat Napaaqtuk Milligan-Myhre. I am Inupiaq; a Microbiologist who dabbles in evolution, ecology, systems biology, and molecular biology; a runner; a mom to two kids; and a beadworker, not necessarily in that order. In my research, I use a fish found all over the northern hemisphere called threespine stickleback to study host-microbe interactions, and...
Name: Shalena Naidoo Role/Occupation: PhD Candidate, Stellenbosch University/HIV Paediatric Researcher Country: South Africa Shalena Naidoo is an HIV immunology scientist and a PhD candidate, currently in the final year of my PhD degree titled A Longitudinal Perspective on the Impact of Immune Status on the HIV-1 Latent Reservoir and Neurocognitive Outcomes in Virologically Supressed Children. She describes the life of...
1. Say hi :) who are you what do you do? Hi, my name is Dr. Tracy Fanara, and I work to extend humanity’s time on earth.  I run a research program at Mote Marine Laboratories where we perform experiments, develop technology, and design strategies to protect public health and water quality. My expertise is in sustainable design, so working to restore the earth's natural water cycle through innovative engineering....