Tell us about how and why you entered your career
Went to HS with Nitaya, met in research biology class
Decided what classes she liked
Majored in chem, minored in math
Went to Clark ATL
Took a few months after college to get job
Went to liberal arts at first, then took more science realized her favorite science was chemistry
Did retail while in college (poor experience)
What skills have you found vital to your job?
Patience and Discipline, you must stay true to yourself all the time
Mostly Indian team, two white people, mostly women
What is your favorite part about your career (current or past)?
In pharmacy school pharmacology and toxicology
Working in a toxicology lab
Was there a career setback you faced which you later realized was an advantage?
Being a woman, being a black woman, being a black woman in stem, can be a setback if you let it, it can be an advantage if you’re a minority and people see you in this career
Covid is moving her closer to the infectious disease track
What is some advice you would offer to someone who is interested in your work?
Make sure you like what you are studying
Khan Academy will be your best friend
What should they major in?
What classes should they take? Biology, chemistry, and physics. All of the Sciences go hand in hand.
Since she majored in chemistry she would push chemistry, although it truly depends on the type of path you wish to embark on.