Time to meet Chelsie Boodoo (She/her)! Chelsie is a biomedical engineer at Michigan State University, a founder of a Science Communication organization, and co-host of The Sci-Files!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am a Biomedical Engineer at Michigan State University (MSU). I study what happens when the bladder is overstretched to see how that affects collagen and elastin. In the bladder, collagen and elastin help keep the bladder empty and fill while keeping the structural integrity of it. If it is overstretched, it will not function properly and the bladder will leak.
I founded the student organization Michigan State University for Science Communication to teach the community about the different areas of science communication such as writing, speaking, art, policy and outreach. I also co-host The Sci-Files on Impact 89FM where myself and @NuclearPuentes communicate the research at MSU by interviewing students on their research.
What made you want to become a scientist?
Since I was young my father owned a computer shop and took me on service calls for sound, light, and video installations. I was fascinated and I learned that I love working with my hands. My passion grew as I wanted to be a scientist to help people which is why I became a Biomedical Engineer.
“Since I was young my father owned a computer shop and took me on service calls for sound, light, and video installations.”Chelsie Boodoo
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I believe there are many things that make me a #UniqueScientist. Though I am American, my parents are from Trinidad and Tobago. I also know English, Spanish and some Hindi.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I love doing henna art! I was a henna artist, a tutor and an after care counselor to pay for my undergraduate degree. I love doing yoga every day too. When I have time, I love dancing salsa, bachata, or swing with my boyfriend.
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wish that there was a stronger bridge with the public and scientists. I wish that people were not afraid of science and that they had more trust in it.
“I wish that people were not afraid of science and that they had more trust in it.”Chelsie Boodoo
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My family moving to America for a better life and experiencing the hardships that I did when I was growing up inspired me to be where I am now.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I am proud that this week I was asked to be in the MSU Fall Welcome Back Video!