Project role – ‘wet’ bench and field assistant
Why I like doing what I’m doing
All aspects of science, be it physics and chemistry, human anatomy or the natural world as a whole, have always been a draw for me. My undergraduate degree was more of a liberal arts degree in science because of the variety of classwork. I learned how to sequence when I was an undergraduate and at the time, that was actually somewhat of a rare skill. That skill was an asset that made me standout when applying for jobs. I still am involved in sequencing genomes, though the technology has changed considerably. As a laboratory technician ( some people call them bench or wet bench scientists as they work with tools, solutions, ‘getting hands dirty’ with the plants we use for research), I get to train graduate students in the ways of bench science. Basically, how to play well with a diversity of others, and how to do sound science safely are the main objectives. Meeting people and helping them see the way to their future is satisfying. I also get to ‘get my feet dirty’ for this job. Field work for me is almost icing on the cake, I get to go outside, do science with corn and THEY PAY ME FOR IT!!
Education – BSc, biology Kansas State University
(photo above: Lady Winston)
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Technician: now in Tim Beissinger's lab at University of Missouri