What do you do for a living? I hate answering this question so much I often consider lying. When I tell the truth, I see the panic on your face as you try and articulate a question relevant to my profession. I feel guilty for the pressure I have put you under. When I attempt to articulate what I do on a day-to-day basis, I know I have failed when your eyes glaze over, and I push to move onto the next topic as quickly as possible.
I am a scientist, and I hope through this blog to explain to you what that really means. I hope my stories give you a glimpse of “lab life” and how the discoveries we make have an impact on your every day life. I am doing this because I have identified a disconnect between scientists and the public. I believe that it is my responsibility, as a scientist, to fix this disconnect, to be a better science communicator so that next time we meet and I tell you I am a scientist, we can have a conversation. How will I accomplish this goal? My goal is to tell stories that are 1) scientifically accurate and 2) relevant to my audience.
I received by PhD from the University of California, San Francisco where I studied why some babies are born preterm. Now, I am a post doctoral fellow at Washington University in St Louis where I am trying to understand how the immune system causes colitis.