Heather K. Beasley, MS

Heather K. Beasley, MS

Postdoctoral Scholar
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Abstract 2283. SLC25A46 shows potential as a novel genetic regulator in breast cancer development.

What are your long-term goals? 

Long-term, my goal is to effectively identify mechanisms that underlie health disparities that are often seen in breast cancer research. To tackle this, I hope to pursue a career in academia as a Principal investigator to work at the bench and effectively communicate my research to underrepresented communities. 

Please share information about how the pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years. 

Wow, the pandemic affected me in several ways. Pursuing a Ph.D. during the pandemic was hard enough considering that there were so many laboratory shutdowns, leading to postponed reagents and experiments. However, the most significant impact for me was childcare and the safety of my still, unvaccinated toddler. Like many mothers during the pandemic, I, unfortunately, had to take quite a bit of time away from the lab during the day because of daycare shutdowns. The combined challenges in the lab and work-life balance made me significantly more creative. I invested in learning computational genetics and coding that complemented my bench research. If the pandemic taught me anything, it taught me how to be resourceful and resilient!