Tag: #WomenInSTEM

Unique Scientist: Dra. Estela González Fernández (en español)

¡Démosle la bienvenida a la Dra. Estela González Fernández! La Dra. González Fernández se enfoca en estudiar la genética de artrópodos con el fin de desarrollar herramientas para el control de mosquitos vectores de enfermedades infecciosas. Actualmente, Estela trabaja en The Pirbright Institute en el Reino Unido! ¿Qué tipo de científica eres?Actualmente trabajo en Genética de…

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Unique Scientist: Karen Macías Cárdenas (en español)

Llegó la hora de conocer a Karen Macías Cárdenas (Ella/elle)! Karen es una astrofísica en el campo de Astropartículas y Astrofísica de Altas Energías en la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California en México! ¿Qué tipo de científica eres?Soy una astrofísica mexicana adentrándose en el campo de Astropartículas y Astrofísica de Altas Energías. Mi investigación actual consiste en…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Priyanka Mittapelly

Time to meet Dr. Priyanka Mittapelly (She/her)! Dr. Mittapelly is an entomologist and molecular biologist at Colorado State University interested in plant-insect and insect-microbe interactions! What kind of scientist are you? I’m an Entomologist and molecular biologist with research interests in plant-insect and insect-microbe interactions. I received my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. My…

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Unique Scientist: Hayley Bricker

Time to meet Hayley Bricker (She/her)! Hayley is a geochemist at the University of California Los Angeles in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a biogeochemist working with terrestrial snails to study past climate and environmental signals. I often joke that I am an accidental malacologist (study of slugs & snails)…

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Unique Scientist: Helen Rottier

Time to meet Helen Rottier (She/her)! Helen is a PhD student in disability studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute on Disability and Human Development in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a PhD student in disability studies, and my research and community leadership is focused on academic access,…

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Unique Scientist: Susana Najera

Let’s welcome Susana Najera (She/her) to our family! Susana is a cell and molecular biologist from Mexico currently earning her Master’s degree at John Hopkins University and the National Cancer Institute in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a second year master’s students at Johns Hopkins University where I am doing…

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Unique Scientist: Renée Spiewak

Time to meet Renée Spiewak (She/her)! Renée is an astrophysicist from the USA currently at Swinburne University studying pulsars in the galaxy with radio telescopes in Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I am an astrophysicist studying pulsars in the galaxy with radio telescopes like MeerKAT. I’m trying to find a way to estimate…

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Unique Scientist: Brooke Fitzwater

Let’s welcome Brooke Fitzwater (She/her)! Brooke is a marine biologist who studies animal behavior through both field and laboratory studies in the USA. What kind of scientist are you? I am a marine biologist who studies animal behavior (fishes are my favorite!) through both field and laboratory studies. I am also a science communicator and…

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Unique Scientist: Tarini Konchady

Time to meet Tarini Konchady (She/her)! Tarini is an astronomer and graduate student at Texas A&M University in the USA studying stars! What kind of scientist are you? I am a graduate student studying astronomy. I look for special stars called Miras (“mye-ra”, Latin for “wonderful”!) in other galaxies. We can use Miras to measure…

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Unique Scientist: Katherine Hatcher

Time to meet Katherine Hatcher (She/her)! Katherine is a neuroscientist excited about hormones, circadian rhythms, & interdisciplinary science in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a biologist, who happens to love brains, hormones, behavior, and physiology. I am a Neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. What made…

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Unique Scientist: Manasi Pethe

Time to meet Manasi Pethe (She/her)! Manasi is a protein engineer and a science artist originally from India but currently living in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a protein engineer. I currently work in the agribiotech sector and previously worked in enzyme design and vaccine design. I have always struggled…

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Unique Scientist: Sam Athey

Time to meet Sam Athey (She/her)! Sam is a PhD student at the University of Toronto in Canada studying microplastics and their associated chemical contaminants. What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD student studying microplastics and their associated chemical contaminants. What made you want to become a scientist?I grew up in southwest Florida…

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Unique Scientist: Amanda Hyman

Time to meet Amanda Hyman (She/her)! Amanda is an interdisciplinary scientist at the junction of economics, conservation, and international development at University of Tennessee – Knoxville in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? Currently, I call myself an interdisciplinary scientist at the junction of economics, conservation, and international development. I study how we…

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Unique Scientist: Rachna Jadhav

Time to meet Rachna Jadhav! Rachna is a biotechnologist from Mumbai, India with experience on neuroscience, animal science, and cell biology! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a Biotechnology graduate & have worked on protein, fiber rich diets as a part of my project during my Bachelor’s. I’ve worked in the field of Neuroscience…

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Unique Scientist: Charlotte Hacker

Time to meet Charlotte Hacker (She/her)! Charlotte is a conservation biologist at Duquesne University where she is studying adaptations in snow leopards in Beijing, China! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a conservation biologist focusing on the use of noninvasive genetic techniques to study the phylogeography, diet, and mechanisms of high altitude adaptations in…

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Unique Scientist: Nora Bailey

Let’s welcome Nora Bailey (She/her)! Nora is an astrophysicist and studies the way planets move! She is completing her PhD at the University of Chicago in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m an astrophysicist! I specifically study exoplanet dynamics–the way planets move. It can be a lot more complicated than it sounds!…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Cynthia Fadem

Time to meet Dr. Cynthia Fadem (She/her)! Dr. Fadem is an Associate Professor of Geology at Earlham College in the USA where she studies geoarchaeology, environmental science, and geoscience education! What kind of scientist are you? I study the broad fields of geoarchaeology, environmental science, and geoscience education. I analyze soils, stable isotope chemistry, geomorphology,…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Simone Blomberg

Time to meet Dr. Simone Blomberg (She/her)! Dr. Blomberg is a statistical evolutionary biologist at the School of Biological Sciences in the University of Queensland, Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a statistical evolutionary biologist. My research sits at the intersection of evolutionary biology, systematics and statistics. I try to come up with…

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Unique Scientist: Niba Nirmal

Time to meet Niba Nirmal (She/her)! Niba is a plant molecular biologist at Duke University in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD Candidate studying the genetics of how plants grow and develop. To understand this, I’m using a synthetic biology approach to understand how genes get turned on, off, and…

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Unique Scientist: Kendyll Burnell

Time to meet Kendyll Burnell (She/her)! Kendyll is a research technician at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA! She studies synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex and is currently applying to doctoral programs in neurosciences! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a research technician at MIT, studying synaptic plasticity in the visual…

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Unique Scientist: Sara Elg

Time to meet Sara Elg (She/her)! Sara is a parasitologist by training originally from Sweden and currently working at the Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine in the UK studying insecticide resistance in the mosquito that transmits malaria! What kind of scientist are you? I studied Parasitology at the University of Glasgow (BSc/MSci) and then went…

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Unique Scientist: Ellie Hurer

Time to meet Ellie Hurer (She/her)! Ellie is a structural biologist working towards her PhD at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom! What kind of scientist are you? I am a structural biologist studying a protein called S100P, which is implicated in pancreatic cancer. I am looking at the interaction of this protein…

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Unique Scientist: Niveditha Vathsangam

Time to meet Niveditha Vathsangam (She/her)! Niveditha is an immunologist originally from India working on ways to harness the animal immune system to develop personalized medicine for veterinary use at the University of Melbourne in Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I am an Immunologist with a dash of a Molecular Biologist, currently applying…

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Unique Scientist: Maddie Ray

Time to meet Maddie Ray (She/her)! Maddie is a neuroscientist at Boston College in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a neuroscientist studying the neurobiology of aversive learning. My research utilizes single unit recordings and optogenetics to examine the role of the nucleus accumbens core in adaptive scaling of fear. What made…

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Unique Scientist: Chelsie Boodoo

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…

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Unique Scientist: Eleanor Townsend

Time to meet Eleanor Townsend (She/her)! Eleanor is a microbiologist living in United Kingdom currently working on viruses that infect bacteria as an alternative tool to antibiotics. What kind of scientist are you? I am a microbiologist, I have studied a lot of different bacteria, fungi and viruses in my time so far. At the…

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Unique Scientist: Megan Sieg

Time to meet Megan Sieg (She/her)! Megan is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute within the University of Illinois where she studies the effects of exposure to common environmental chemicals on child development! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a 4th year PhD student in neuroscience working on an epidemiology project called…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Samantha Wilson

Let’s welcome Dr. Samantha Wilson (She/her) and her daughter ‘Franki‘ (after Rosalind Franklin!) the corgi to our family! Dr. Wilson is a geneticist and computational biologist at University Health Network in Canada! What kind of scientist are you? I am a geneticist by training, computational biologist by peer pressure. Currently, I’m using a chemical modification…

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Unique Scientist: Ikram Mercha

Time to meet Ikram Mercha (Elle)! Ikram is a PhD student in applied microbiology National Institute of Agricultural Research of Rabat currently living in Morocco! Quel genre de scientifique êtes-vous?Je suis doctorante en convention avec le département de technologies alimentaire à l’institut national de recherche agronomique de rabat , donc le but de ma thèse…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Esther Odekunle

Here comes our yellow queen, Dr. Esther Odekunle (She/her)! Dr. Odekunle is a neurobiologist by training and currently working in the pharmaceutical industry (GlaxoSmithKline) in the United Kingdom where she focuses on antibody engineering for therapeutics! What kind of scientist are you? I did a PhD in neurobiology, investigating neuropeptide systems primarily in starfish. However,…

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Unique Scientist: Jerusha Mather

Time to meet Jerusha Mather! Jerusha is originally from Sri Lanka and currently a PhD student in the field of neuroscience in Melbourne, Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I am a neuroscientist from Melbourne, Australia. I am investigating strength training and anodal transcranial direct current stimulation in adults with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy.…

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Unique Scientist: Maria-Victoria Bermudez

Time to meet Maria-Victoria Bermudez (She/her)! Maria-Victoria is cancer immunologist originally from Venezuela and currently working towards her PhD at King’s College London in the United Kingdom! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD Student in Cancer Immunology. I’m interested in understanding how the immune system responds to drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors.…

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Unique Scientist: Olivia Kugler-Umaña

Time to meet Olivia Kugler-Umaña (She/her)! Olivia is a US-born first generation Salvadoreña and earning her PhD at University of Massachusetts studying immune response in age populations! What kind of scientist are you? I am a 6th year PhD candidate studying immune response in age populations. What made you want to become a scientist?I’ve always…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Jackie Moy

Time to meet Dr. Jackie Moy (She/her)! Dr. Moy is a cancer biologist by training and currently a medical publications manager and writer for a global medical communications agency! What kind of scientist are you? I recently completed my PhD in cancer biology. My work focused on understanding the genetic differences that contribute to prostate…

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Unique Scientist: Crystal Grant

Time to meet Crystal Grant (She/her)! Crystal is a bioinformatician studying DNA changes during aging. She is working towards her PhD at Emory University in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a bioinformatician, so I do computer analysis only (you don’t want to see me in the wet lab)! I study changes…

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Unique Scientist: Felicia Schlotthauer

Time to meet Felicia Schlotthauer (She/her)! Felicia is a molecular virologist working towards her PhD at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia! [And thanks for rocking the #UniqueScientists tshirt!] What kind of scientist are you? I’m a virologist/molecular biologist. Currently I study the glycoproteins of Hepatitis C and a related rodent virus. Since Hepatitis C…

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Unique Scientist: Breann Abernathy

Time to meet Breann Abernathy (She/her)! Breann is a PhD candidate in nutritional biochemistry & molecular biology at the University of Minnesota in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD candidate in nutritional biochemistry with a doctoral minor in molecular, cellular & developmental biology, and genetics (I know, a mouthful!). My…

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Unique Scientist: Ila Tewari

Time to meet Ila Tewari! Ila is a PhD student at the University of Malta where she studies cellular differentiation and epigenetics! What kind of scientist are you? I am a PhD student at University of Malta, Department of Medicine and Surgery. My PhD research is focused on derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Safiyyah Iqbal

Time to meet Dr. Safiyyah Iqbal! Dr. Iqbal is a research scientist that specializes in functional morphology of prehistoric species and a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa! What kind of scientist are you? I am a research scientist that specializes in functional morphology of prehistoric species postcrania in relation to…

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Unique Scientist: Adelaide Tovar

Time to meet Adelaide Tovar (She/her/they/them). Adelaide is a systems geneticist and immunologist earning her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a systems geneticist and immunologist. The focus of my research is investigating how genetic and environmental factors individually and…

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Unique Scientist: Akanksha Rai

Time to meet Akanksha Rai (She/her)! Akanksha is an immunologist and science communicator from India! What kind of scientist are you? I am a Master’s student in BITS Pilani researching on Immunology and regularly share science on my website and Instagram. What made you want to become a scientist?There’s something exciting about “asking cool questions…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Anne A. Madden

Time to meet Dr. Anne A. Madden (She/her)! Dr. Madden is a microbiologist, an entrepreneur, and public engagement practitioner in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a microbiologist with a mission to reveal the utility of the microbial world. I do this by working across disciplines and straddling academic and industry boundaries.…

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Unique Scientist: Alyssa Brunal-Brown

Time to meet Alyssa Brunal-Brown (She/her)! Alyssa is a neuroscientist working towards her PhD at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Virginia Tech! What kind of scientist are you? I am a 4th year Translational Biology Medicine and Health PhD student studying electrical synapses and the development of seizures What made you want to become…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Alise Ponsero

Time to meet Dr. Alise Ponsero (She/her)! Dr. Ponsero is a computational biologist and data scientist origianally from France and currently working as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Arizona in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, working in computational biology…

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Unique Scientist: Melissa Scruggs

Say hello to Melissa Scruggs (She/her)! Melissa is a PhD candidate at the University of California – Santa Barbara and studies volcanic eruptions 🌋! What kind of scientist are you? I am a volcanologist, and I try to figure out what happens inside of magma chambers to trigger volcanic eruptions. I use the chemistry of…

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Unique Scientist: Sam Murphy

Time to meet Sam Murphy (She/her)! Sam is a virologist interested in how viruses modulate cellular immune responses in order to avoid detection and destruction. She is working towards her PhD at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport and an active science communicator on social media. What kind of scientist are you? I am a PhD candidate…

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Unique Scientist: Bia Mizoguchi

Time to meet Bia Mizoguchi (She/her)! Bia is a geneticist and a proud Asian Latina originally from Brazil who is currently earning her PhD in Genetics and Genomics at Iowa State University in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am currently pursuing my PhD in Genetics and Genomics at Iowa State. My…

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Unique Scientist: Constanza Silva

Time to meet Constanza Silva (She/her)! Constanza is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at The Pennsylvania State University interested in the behavioral genomics of tobacco and alcohol use. She is originally from Chile! ¡Bienvenida a nuestra familia! What kind of scientist are you? I am a 5th-year international grad student, #LatinaInSTEM,…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Antonella Dimotta

Time to meet Dr. Antonella Dimotta (She/her)! Dr. Dimotta is a civil-environmental and a hydraulic engineer with a PhD in Land, Environmental and Forestry Sciences originally from Italy and currently working at Earth- & Eco-Systems Expertise for Environmental Modelling and Restoration (E.E.S.E.E.M.R) Company in Dublin, Ireland! What kind of scientist are you? I am an…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Michelle Rodrigues

Time to meet Dr. Michelle Rodrigues (She/her)! Dr. Rodrigues is a biological anthropologist who studies friendship, social networks, and stress in primates at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a biological anthropologist who studies friendship, social networks, and stress in primates. My research…

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Unique Scientist: Ashley Gary

Time to meet Ashley Gary (She/her)! Ashley is a nature-loving science communicator in the field of wildlife biology in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a science communicator. I got interested in this field after taking an environmental communication course during my graduate studies. I started my #scicomm experience on Instagram by…

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Unique Scientist: Lauren Sakowski

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…

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Unique Scientist: Katie Walsh

Time to meet Katie Walsh (She/her)! Katie is an undergraduate student and is interested in chemistry and education at Lesley University in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m an undergrad biology major, but I self-identify as a chemist and a chem education researcher. That sounds wild, but hear me out: my university…

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Unique Scientist: Lizzie Billington

Time to meet Lizzie Billington (She/her)! Lizzie is a virologist and molecular biologist at the University of Edinburgh with The Roslin Institute and the The Pirbright Institute in the UK! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a virologist and molecular biologist. I study how a tiny protein made by bird flu viruses interacts with…

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Unique Scientist: Marion Leary

Time to meet Marion Leary (She/her)! Marion is a nurse innovator, the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, resuscitation science researcher, and part-time PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a nurse innovator and resuscitation science researcher at the University of…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Nora Mitchell

Time to meet Nora Mitchell (She/her)! Nora is a field evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and a botanist! Dr. Mitchell is currently an Assistant professor of Biology University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a field evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and a botanist! I study plant diversity and…

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Unique Scientist: Nicole Rivera

Time to meet Nicole Rivera (She/her)! Nicole is a biochemist with experience in cancer and clinical research! What kind of scientist are you? Biochemist with cancer research experience as well as 6 years of clinical research experience in cardiology and respiratory care. What made you want to become a scientist?I have always wanted to help…

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Unique Scientist: Chelsea Gerada

Time to meet Chelsea Gerada (She/her)! Chelsea is a virologist interested in how herpesviruses regulate the fate of the cells they infect. Chelsea is working towards her Ph.D. in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at The University of Sydney in Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I am a PhD student who…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Ashley Nova

Say hello to Dr. Ashley Nova (She/her)! Dr. Nova is a researcher in astronomy and machine learning at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom! She is also a gamer, a writer, and an amateur model! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a research fellow in astronomy and machine learning. That means I…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Kishana Taylor

Time to meet Dr. Kishana Taylor (She/her)! Dr. Taylor is a virologist from the USA currently working on her postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis! What kind of scientist are you? I am a virologist. I currently study Influenza A virus co-infection and subsequent genetic exchange between viruses that can occur as a…

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Unique Scientist: Kritika Gupta

Time to meet Kritika Gupta (She/her)! Kritika is a science communicator originally from India and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Mississippi in the USA in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management! What kind of scientist are you? I am a science communicator who guides/informs the audience about various aspects/struggles of…

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Unique Scientist: Melissa K. Macias

Time to meet Melissa K. Macias (She/her)! Melissa is a mitigation paleontologist working at Psomas in the USA and is (slightly) obsessed with sloths! What kind of scientist are you? I am a mitigation paleontologist. I protect fossils found during urban development, and make sure they are placed into museum collections for future research. I…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Fiona Ingleby

Time to meet Dr. Fiona Ingleby (She/her)! Dr. Ingleby is a multidisciplinary geneticist and epidemiologist Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK! What kind of scientist are you? I did my PhD and first postdoc on context-dependent gene expression and gene-environment interactions. I did a lot of cool…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Jac Charlesworth

Let’s welcome Dr. Jac Charlesworth (She/her) to our family! Dr. Charlesworth is a computational geneticist at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania in Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a computational geneticist. I sequence the genomes of families with multiple sclerosis to try and find genes that influence…

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Unique Scientist: Jessica Erkal

It’s #InternationalArtistsDay, so let’s meet Jessica Erkal (She/her)! Jessica is an astrophysicist working on her PhD at the University College Dublin in Ireland who comes from a family of tattoo artists! What kind of scientist are you? I am a PhD student in astrophysics researching how stars form using different telescopes around the world to…

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Unique Scientist: Anna Ampaw

Happy Mole Day! Let’s celebrate by highlighting a chemist! Time to meet Anna Ampaw (She/her)! Anna is a synthetic organic chemist and science communicator at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada! What kind of scientist are you? I am a synthetic organic chemist but I am also slowly diving into the biological world. Although…

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Unique Scientist: Nurdan Ersöz

Time to meet Nurdan Ersöz (She/her)! Nurdan is a biotechnology PhD student at Hacettepe University in Turkey! What kind of scientist are you? I think I’m a stargazer, meaning both idealist and dreamer Ph.D. student in biotechnology. I do still believe in “if there is a will, there is a way. Thus far everything sounds…

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Unique Scientist: Mikayla Savage

A new #UniqueScientists is here! Time to meet Mikayla Savage (She/her)! Mikayla studies zoology, specifically animal behavior, and writes books! What kind of scientist are you? I am currently in school for zoology, so my friends and I refer to ourselves as “almost-zoologists”. Specifically, my concentration is animal behavior and neurology so if you wanted…

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Unique Scientist: Sofia Z. Sheikh

A new #UniqueScientist takes the spotlight! Say hi to Sofia Z. Sheikh (She/Her)! Sofia is a PhD candidate in astronomy in the USA at Penn State University. What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD Candidate studying astronomy and astrobiology at Penn State. In my research, I look for technosignatures a.k.a. signs of alien…

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Unique Scientist: Alyssa Anderson

Let’s welcome Alyssa Anderson (She/Her) to our unique family! Alyssa is an alumna from Arizona State University in the USA where she majored in biology. What kind of scientist are you? You know, I’m not quite an “official” scientist yet, but if I would consider myself any type of “-ist” it would be a biologist…

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Unique Scientist: Katrina Love

Time to meet Katrina Love (She/Her)! Katrina is a materials engineer and PhD student in the UK at Sheffield Hallam University. What kind of scientist are you? I’m a materials engineer and am currently a first year PhD student looking at phosphate solubility and its effects on the properties of radioactive waste glasses. Simply put,…

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Unique Scientist: Mo Kaze

Time to meet the cheerful Mo Kaze (She/her)! Mo is a microbiologist working towards her Ph.D. at University of California, Merced in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a microbiologist, I love all things tiny. I talk about what things I experience as a PhD student (everything from fighting for funding to…

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Unique Scientist: Heather Macomber

Let’s welcome Heather Macomber (She/her) to our #UniqueFamily! Heather is working towards her PhD at the University of Chicago in the USA where she studies neurobiology! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a neurobiology PhD student at the University of Chicago, and I study how we learn, make good decisions, and form lasting memories.…

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Unique Scientist: Rosie Graham

Time to meet Rosie Graham (She/her)! Rosie is a Ph.D. student at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom who uses structural biology to study enzymes that breakdown plastic! What kind of scientist are you? I am a graduate student in the field of structural biology, I study enzymes that breakdown plastic, specifically poly(ethylene)…

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Unique Scientist: Anna Laura Huckelba

Say hi to Anna Laura Huckelba (She/her)! Anna Laura is originally from Italy but currently living in the Netherlands and studies social psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam! What kind of scientist are you? I am currently a Research Master’s student in Social Psychology. I am interested in urban sensescapes and the future of urban mobility.…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Chelsie Romulo

Let’s all say hello to Dr. Chelsie Romulo (She/her)! Dr. Romulo is an assistant professor in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at University of Northern Colorado in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? My background is in ecology, but I’ve moved much more into merging social and natural sciences for developing sustainable…

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Unique Scientist: Jordan Harrod

Is it time to meet our first highlighted woman engineer who is also an amazing YouTuber? You bet so! Say hello to Jordan Harrod (She/her), a graduate student at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD student in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, which is…

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Unique Scientist: Georgia Carson

Time to meet the bibliophile Georgia Carson (She/her)! Georgia is a cell and molecular biologist and Māori, the indigenous population of New Zealand, working towards her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a cell and molecular biologist. This means I use genetic tools to discover information about cells,…

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Unique Scientist: Audrey Baetz

Running fast comes our new UniqueScientist Audrey Baetz (She/her), a fisheries technician studying larval fish populations in Michigan, USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a contracted Fisheries Technician out of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan and our team studies larval fish populations in the St. Clair Detroit…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Joanne Power

Say hello to parasitologist Dr. Joanne Power (She/her)! Joanne is an expert on malaria originally from Ireland currently conducting research at Pennsylvania State University in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am a molecular parasitologist who researches Plasmodium parasites, the type of parasite that causes malaria. I am currently at home in…

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Unique Scientist: Evelyn Bordeaux

Say hello to meet Evelyn Bordeaux (She/her)! Evelyn is a Ph.D. student in the Sikora Lab at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studying cancer biology! What kind of scientist are you? I am currently a PhD student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. I am studying the unique biology of Invasive Lobular…

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Unique Scientist: Melanie Mendez

Say hello to Melanie Mendez (She/her/ella/elle)! Melanie is a scientist from Guatemala that studies the relationship between the immune system and bone biology during disease in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m an osteoimmunologist studying how inflammation and antibiotics affect the development of post-traumatic osteoarthritis after injury. What made you want to…

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Unique Scientist: Alexandra Petrache

Want to meet a cool geneticist and filmmaker from Romania? Meet Alexandra Petrache (She/her), a PhD student at University College London in the UK! What kind of scientist are you? I am a geneticist and budding neuroscientist interested in inhibitory interneurons and synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease, which I am investigating as part of my…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre

Time to meet Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre (She/her)! Dr. Milligan-Myhre is a well-rounded biologist and an assistant professor at University of Alaska Anchorage in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I have experience in microbiology, including potentially pathogenic microbes and beneficial microbes, bacteria and eukaryotic parasites; immunology; developmental biology; and I work with an…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Sarah Cook

Time to introduce #UniqueScientist Dr. Sarah Cook (She/her)! Dr. Cook is a immunologist from the United Kingdom currently working at the University of California, Davis in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I am an immunologist who studies how the immune system is activated. Specifically, one cell of your immune system, the B…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Kristen Breit

Time to meet Dr. Kristen Breit (She/her)! Dr. Breit is a behavioral neuroscientist at San Diego State University in the USA. What kind of scientist are you? I am a behavioral neuroscientist who studies the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain and behavioral development. My particular area of interest is in prenatal cannabis exposure…

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Unique Scientist: Kelbi Delaune

Say hi to Kelbi Delaune (She/her)! Kelbi is an aquatic ecologist at Texas Tech University who focuses on understanding how global change drivers influence biodiversity! What kind of scientist are you? I am an aquatic ecologist working to understand how global change drivers such as invasive species and habitat loss influence biodiversity. Currently, I am…

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Unique Scientist: Emma Tung Corcoran

Say hello to Emma Tung Corcoran (She/her/they/them)! Emma is a biologist from the USA that focuses on epigenetics. What kind of scientist are you? I am researching epigenetics, which is the study of heritable factors other than DNA sequence that regulate different cellular processes. Specifically, I study how epigenetics regulates genome stability and prevents the…

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Unique Scientist: Nathasia M. Muwanigwa

Say hello to Nathasia Mudiwa Muwanigwa (She/her)! Nathasia is a neuroscience/cellular biology PhD researcher at the University of Luxembourg in Europe! She is originally from Zimbabwe, Africa! What kind of scientist are you? I am a neuroscience/cellular biology PhD researcher, and I grow brains! Well, sort of–my project focuses on using the potential of human…

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Unique Scientist: Samantha Garza

Time to meet Samantha Garza (She/her)! Sam is a biomedical scientist by training who currently working at Duke’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (@DukeCHPIR) in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I have a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. I have worked on orthopaedics and medical genetics clinical research. I…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Sophia Frentz

Meet the inspirational Dr. Sophia Frentz (they/them)! Sophia is originally from New Zealand and currently lives in Australia! What kind of scientist are you? My background is in biology (PhD in mitochondrial diseases) but I now work on the technology side as a technology strategy and transformation consultant at Deloitte. As part of this I…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Amanda Lee Glaze

Meet the evolution education advocate Dr. Amanda Lee Glaze (She/her)! Amanda is originally from the USA and is a science educator and evolutionary biologist at Georgia Southern University! What kind of scientist are you? I am a science educator and evolutionary biologist with adjacent connections to anthropology! I started my research with population genetics/evolution but…

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Unique Scientist: Daisy Shearer

Meet the phenomenal Daisy Shearer (She/her)! Daisy is originally from England and is working towards her PhD at the University of Surrey! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a physics PhD student at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute. My research focuses on finding new ways to manipulate and control the spin state…

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Unique Scientist: Sarafina Nance

Meet the cheerful Sarafina Nance (She/her)! Sarafina is a PhD student at UC Berkeley (@UCBerkeley) in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m an astrophysicist! I focus on supernovae (exploding stars). I try to figure out which sorts of stars explode, what they look like, and using supernovae to measure other parameters in…

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Unique Scientist: Iromi Wanigasuriya

Meet the cheerful Iromi Wanigasuriya (She/her)! Iromi is originally from Sri Lanka and currently a PhD student in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (@WEHI_research) in Australia! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a PhD student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, which is the department of…

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Unique Scientist: Lynn Von Hagen

Meet Unique Scientist Lynn Von Hagen (She/Her)! Lynn is a PhD student at Auburn University in Alabama (USA), but spends a lot of her time working in Kenya, Africa! What kind of scientist are you? I am a conservation biologist and non-traditional PhD student studying human elephant conflict, elephant behavior and elephant movements (and other…

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Unique Scientist: Carmen Cano

Meet Unique Scientist Carmen Cano (She/Her)! Carmen is originally from Guatemala but currently lives in the USA where she works at the University of Nebraska (@u_nebraska). What kind of scientist are you? I’m a food scientist! My bachelor degree is in food engineering and I transitioned to food microbiology for graduate school. I am working…

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Unique Scientist: Ankita Patil

Say Hi to Ankita Patil (She/her)! Ankita is originally from India but currently lives in the USA where she works at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA (@DrexelMedicine). What kind of scientist are you? I’m a cellular neuroscientist. I study neurons (some of the major cells in the brain) to understand how these cells…

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Unique Scientist: Emily Jorgensen

Meet Emily Jorgensen or ‘EmJ’ (She/Her)! Emily works at the University of Wyoming in the USA. What kind of scientist are you? I am a neuroscientist and electrophysiologist studying neural plasticity in addiction. What made you want to become a scientist?I took a Drugs and Behavior course as an undergrad and instantly fell in love…

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Unique Scientist: Zanah Francis

Meet Zanah Francis (She/Her)! Zanah is a PhD student at The University of Rochester in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I’m a microbiology PhD student at the University of Rochester in New York. I study peptidoglycan crosslinking (part of the cell wall of bacteria) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the cause of “TB”–tuberculosis). “Please…

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Unique Scientist: Peggy Muddles

Meet Unique Scientist Peggy Muddles (She/her)! Peggy works at The Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function (CAGEF) at the University of Toronto @CAGEF_UofT, and Guttman Lab @dguttman in Canada. What kind of scientist are you? By day I’m a lab tech at a genome centre that focuses on microbiome research. In the attached…

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Unique Scientist: Nikki Clauss

Say hello to Nikki Clauss (She/Her)! Nikki works at Oklahoma State University in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I study the evolutionary and neurobiological underpinnings of feeding behavior and development using comparative, behavioral, physiological, biological, and survey measures. What made you want to become a scientist?When I was in high school I learned…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Jaye Gardiner

Say hello to Dr. Jaye Gardiner (She/Her)! Jaye lives in the USA where she works at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. What kind of scientist are you? I’m a lot of things! I suppose, first I am a postdoctoral researcher studying pancreatic cancer’s tumor microenvironment – that is, the surrounding non-tumor cells…

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Unique Scientist: Dra. Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez (español)

Conoce a la Dra. Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez! Alexandra trabaja en la Universidad de California, Davis en los Estados Unidos! ¿Qué tipo de científic@ eres? Soy una neurotoxicóloga (neurotoxicología = neurociencias + toxicología). Mi interés está enfocado en comprender cómo el estrés, causado por factores ambientales, puede contribuir a cambios cerebrales que conducen a enfermedades neurológicas. Actualmente,…

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Unique Scientist: Juniper Kiss

This is Unique Scientist Juniper Kiss who has just started as a PhD student in the UK. What kind of scientist are you? I am just starting my PhD on disease control on bananas in Latin America. I have also worked with spinach, rice, oilseed rape, cereals and more troublesome, invasive plants in the UK,…

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Unique Scientist: Jessica Cucinello

Meet Jessica Cucinello (She/Her)! Jessica is a PhD student Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans (@LSUHealthNO) in the USA! What kind of scientist are you? I consider myself a physiologist (what I’m getting my PhD in) and a neuroscientist (what my research focuses on). I primarily study pain and how it affects the…

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Unique Scientist: Danielle Herman

Meet ruminant nutrition consultant Danielle Herman (She/Her) from Canada! What kind of scientist are you? I currently work as a ruminant nutrition consultant, focusing on mediating metabolic disorders in lactating animals. What made you want to become a scientist?Scientific research has always been fun for me. Even as a kid I would spend my spare…

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Unique Scientist: Liza Brusman

 This is Liza Brusman (She/Her)! Liza currently lives in the USA where she works at Scripps Research @scrippsresearch but is soon to be moving to the University of Colorado, Boulder @CUBoulderMCDB! What kind of scientist are you? I am a molecular biologist! I work in a cell biology lab studying proteins of the nuclear envelope.…

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Unique Scientist: Christine Liu

Meet Unique Scientist Christine Liu (She/Her)! Christine is a grad student in the USA at UC Berkeley. She is known for making art and science come together and you can follow her work in many, many places! What kind of scientist are you? I am a systems neuroscientist interested in how recreational drugs affect the…

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Unique Scientist: Dr. Tessa Campbell

Say hello to Unique Scientist Dr. Tessa Campbell (She/Her)! Tessa currently lives in Sweden, but is originally from Australia, where she got her PhD. In Sweden she works at The Karolinska Institutet (@karolinskainst) studying Natural Killer (NK) cells. What kind of scientist are you? Today, I would say that I’m an immunologist with a virology…

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Unique Scientist: Sophie Okolo

Introducing Sophie Okolo (She/her)! Sophie is originally from Nigeria and currently lives in the USA where she started Global Health Aging (@GHealthAging)! What kind of scientist are you? I am a public health researcher studying longevity and aging across the lifespan. My work focuses on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, improving quality of life…

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Unique Scientist: Naomi Cox

Say hello to Naomi Cox (She/Her)! Naomi currently lives in the UK where she works at The University of Sheffield (@sheffieldAPS). What kind of scientist are you? I work with rice! (yes, that rice…)  In my PhD I am trying to learn more about how rice leaves develop. I’m hoping that if we understand how…

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Unique Scientist: Rhiannon Morris

Meet unique scientist Rhiannon Morris (She/her)! Rhi currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where she is a PhD student at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (@Wehi_Research), and she is also from Australia (but Perth)! What kind of scientist are you? I am a protein biochemist and crystallographer who studies the regulation cytokine signalling and how…

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