As a child, I always had a great interest in science. It only grew when I went to Wellesley College for my undergraduate education. There I majored in neuroscience and decided that the brain was my organ of choice. I made the move to the midwest and went to Northwestern University for my doctoral degree in neuroscience. My dissertation looked at the role of neuroinflammation in the chronic pain mechanism. I loved pain so much that I continued studying it for my postdoctoral fellowship! I am now a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and am enjoying every minute of it!
I remember always watching Mr. Wizard and running to the backyard to try some of his experiments for myself. I always wanted to be like him and talk to people about how cool science was. I decided to take my love for science and for people and received my degree from North Carolina State University in Science, Technology and Society. I work for the American Institute of Biological Sciences and feel truly grateful to be able to work with such amazing people.
Growing up on a charter fishing boat in Massachusetts set the stage for a lasting love of the ocean. Learning that people could make careers out of studying the ocean was icing on the cake! (mmmm...cake!) In high school I realized that I loved sharing my passion about ocean science with people, especially children, and I found my niche working as an educator in aquaria and informal science institutions. I received my degree in environmental policy/marine science from Eckerd College, a graduate certificate in informal science education from the University of South Florida, and I'm currently working on my master's in science education at Montana State University. As a new mother I'm looking forward to sharing the wonders and excitement of science with my son.