• Question: Who's you role model

    Asked by SAVAGEONFLEEK to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 28 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      This sounds cheesy, but my mentor Reisa Sperling is my role model: http://www.madrc.org/reisa-sperling-md-mmsc

      If and when we announce a cure for Alzheimer’s disease in coming years, she will definitely be involved in making the drug available in the US and Europe. No scientist works alone these days, but she works harder, and more effectively, than anyone I’ve ever met. She has brought together scientists, companies, charities, and governments to meet the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease, and in a very short amount of time considering her age! She’s really a powerhouse on the world stage, but she also takes the time to know the very fine details of everyone’s research projects, and spends many, many hours ensuring that everyone in her laboratory is doing the best science possible. And on top of all that, she’s really, really nice and funny!

      I hope that I can someday be as good a scientist as Dr. Sperling. She’s an amazing role model.

    • Photo: Stephanie Moon

      Stephanie Moon answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      I try to learn from different people and have a lot of role models, but I’ll agree with Jonathan that some of the best role models I’ve had are the professors that I’ve worked for. I used to work in Jeff Wilusz’s lab (read more about the lab here http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/academics/mip/wilusz-lab/Pages/default.aspx) studying mosquito-borne viruses, and now I work in Roy Parker’s lab (read more about his work here http://www.hhmi.org/scientists/roy-parker). They have both taught me a lot about how to be a good scientist and are great mentors.

    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      When I was in college, I was in a live and learn community called Lyman Briggs. It was a science college that focused on small class sizes and the importance of applying science to every day life. My professors in Lyman Briggs excelled at their jobs and were truly an inspiration. I would probably label them as my academic role models.

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 30 Apr 2016:

      One of my biggest role models was my Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Kateryna Makova. She is one of the smartest people I know. She was also very good at setting high expectations for me, and helping me live up to them. I also feel lucky that she is a mentor and now a friend.

    • Photo: Kellie Jaremko

      Kellie Jaremko answered on 3 May 2016:

      Growing up and still today I feel like my Mom is my role model. She has had a lot of tough times but she tries to make the best of it. She was always so supportive of me going into science plus I really appreciated how awesome she was with patients (she was a nurse) when I shadowed her. She has a lot of strength and determination. Those qualities have helped me get through tough times.