Unique Scientist: Dr. Stephanie Caligiuri

Time to meet Dr. Stephanie Caligiuri (She/her)! Dr. Caligiuri is a neuroscientist, nutritionist, and physiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital NYC in the USA!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a neuroscientist, nutritionist, and physiologist. In my fellowship, I currently study the neurobiology of female alcohol use disorder, nicotine dependence, and compulsive eating. I love to teach about the latest trends in nutrition and medicine via my podcast, The People’s Scientist.

What made you want to become a scientist?
As scientists, we have the greatest ability to help the most number of people. Imagine, if you invent a new technology, a new diagnostic, or new cure, you will help people that you will never meet and people of generations after you. That is the wonderful thing about being a scientist.

“I remember a few times in my PhD I was told they wouldn’t photograph or interview me on behalf of the hospital because no one would believe I was a scientist.”

Dr. Stephanie Caligiuri

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I remember a few times in my PhD I was told they wouldn’t photograph or interview me on behalf of the hospital because no one would believe I was a scientist. It is for reasons like this why your account is amazing and changing.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I host a podcast called The People’s Scientist where I provided scientific evidence on timely topics like intermittent fasting, vaping, using our own neurobiology to fight compulsive eating, CRISPR gene editing, and more.

I am a street stilettos dancer. I am an ice hockey player. I am freakishly strong LOL.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
To completely understand the human body. I often dream of being able to just 100% completely understand our physiology.

“He is the one that told me as scientists we have the ability to help the greatest number of people.”

Dr. Stephanie Caligiuri

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My PhD supervisor Grant Pierce. He was and still is my greatest cheerleader, my coach in my boxer’s corner, and my greatest advocate. He is the one that told me as scientists we have the ability to help the greatest number of people.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I went to a really advanced dance class that intimidated me but inspired me so much. We often have to do scary things that make us feel uncomfortable in order to grow, in all aspects of our lives!


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