Why did you choose science as a career?
I have always excelled and enjoyed science classes since I was young. When I took a microbiology course in undergrad, I found the microscopic world of bacteria so interesting and fun, that I naturally continued my career path in this subject.
Why are you passionate about what you're working on?
Scientific research is always changing, with new discoveries made everyday. Developing consumer products to help promote a healthy microbiome is something that wouldn't have been the norm even a decade ago. It's exciting to be able to develop new and innovative products based on new findings and new knowledge about human health.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women in the life science sector?
I was very fortunate that I had a great female mentor who supported me during my Ph.D. career, and always had my back when dealing with discrimination. I learned that being outspoken and raising awareness of issues was an important part of bringing change. Being a woman in a male-dominated field has its challenges, but believe in your abilities and don't let discrimination get in your way.