Abstract 5829. Characterizing cargoes of extracellular vesicles in promoting breast cancer growth and chemotherapy resistance.
What are your long-term career goals?
I aspire to become a physician-scientist and research professor leading a laboratory studying the molecular mechanisms underlying breast cancer and chemotherapy resistance and translating these findings clinically for patient care. I am also passionate about the pedagogical side of a professorship to teach and mentor the next generation of scientists!
Please share information about how the pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years.
When the pandemic hit, I was forced to evacuate campus and became unable to conduct my experiments. Several of my peers rented apartments in the area to continue going to their labs, but as a first-generation low-income student, I couldn’t afford that. To make the most of the situation, I undertook bioinformatic research, and I quickly found that working with genomic data was not only fulfilling but also allowed me to play a bigger role in our conclusions. At weekly lab meetings, I presented my findings and proposed future experiments, and I developed a deeper understanding of my research goals.