I’m a Ph.D. student living in Austin, TX with my partner and two cats. I love to boulder, hanging out with my friends, watching movies, and trying new places to eat!
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I study the evolution of antimicrobial resistance and how we can use evolution to our advantage.
My Typical Day:
I usually wake up, eat breakfast and head into the lab around 9 am. I do my experiments, catch up on reading, and have some lunch before leaving around 4 pm or 5 pm.
I wake up around 6:30-7:00 am in the morning. This varies by the day (and how tired I am from the day before). I will then eat breakfast. I usually like to eat something with eggs to get me going, but a few times a week I will make myself a fruit smoothie or eat some oatmeal instead. Then I get dressed for the day. Several days of the week, I go to the climbing gym before heading into work, but the other days I go to work straight from home. Since I am a Ph.D. student, I work on campus and have to find parking, then walk to the building I work in. Once there, I get organized for the day and begin my experiments. Lunchtime varies from day to day. Sometimes I will go get lunch with friends somewhere off-campus. Other times my friends and I bring our lunches, and we enjoy our meals outside in a courtyard. This is usually followed-up by a trip to our campus turtle pond. There are sometimes where I just feel like eating lunch at my desk, while I catch up on some TV shows. After lunch, I will resume my lab work and finish up things for the day. I will also use any down-time to work on data on my computer or read some papers. I leave around 4 or 5 pm. Somedays I stay a little later to attend meetings with some of the extracurricular activities I am involved in. These activities include SAGES (The Society for the Advancement of Gender Equity in STEM), The Scope (A student-run newsletter in my department where we try to build community by writing and sharing our experiences), and SI (Supplemental Instruction where I am a supervisor for a group of undergraduate students who serve as peer tutors). Once I get home for the evening, I will make dinner (or eat leftovers from the day before) and then relax with my cats or play video games with my partner before heading to bed.
MD Anderson Cancer Center UT Health Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
M.S. Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
University of Texas at Austin
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, analytical, and excited!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I have been fortunate to have many mentors throughout my journey, each of which have helped inspire me in different ways
What was your favorite subject at school?
Science but art was a close second
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wasn't really sure (I am still not 100% sure now) but something where I could think about science
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Nope. I was a really quiet student and mostly kept to myself or a small group of friends.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Either teaching or working at a museum
What's your favorite food?
Anything pasta/noodle related
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelled to a new country