Time to meet Lauren Sakowski (She/her)! Lauren is a surgical neurophysiologist in the USA!
What kind of scientist are you?
I’m a surgical neurophysiologist. We use tests such as somatosensory/motor evoked potentials, electromyography, and brainstem auditory evoked responses during surgeries with a risk of causing intraoperative neurological deficits. By providing real-time feedback to the surgical team, patient outcomes are improved.
What made you want to become a scientist?
My interest in science and medicine began at home, living with a quadriplegic grandfather who suffered a complete spinal cord injury in the military. I always had questions about the anatomy/physiology of the injury, his care, and how to improve his quality of life.
“My interest in science and medicine began at home, living with a quadriplegic grandfather who suffered a complete spinal cord injury in the military.”Lauren Sakowski
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I’m a young-ish woman working in an old boys’ club. The tattoos and sassy mouth don’t hurt either.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I volunteer for a pit bull rescue, helping these highly misunderstood dogs get ready to thrive in their forever homes.
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
We really need to be done with the rampant sexual harassment. It is exhausting and infuriating to always exist in defensive mode in 2019.
“I’m a young-ish woman working in an old boys’ club. The tattoos and sassy mouth don’t hurt either.”Lauren Sakowski
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My undergraduate advisor showed me the importance of hard work and self-motivation. He also taught me that it’s OK to be me, unapologetically.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I finally, FINALLY nailed my crow pose in yoga!