Kate Nesbit is a PhD Candidate in the Hamdoun Lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Although she is a marine biologist, her current project combines perspectives from Cellular and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Toxicology, and Immunology.
Kate earned her B.S. in Marine Biology with High Honors from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and her M.Sc in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Who is your STEM role model?
There are honestly too many to list succinctly, but the biggest role models I have are my mentors (past and present) who have had the most hands-on role in my training and development as a scientist.
What’s your favorite thing/topic to study?
My project has taken turns that I never anticipated as far as my interests, but I am loving learning about and working in developmental immunotoxicology while wrapping up my thesis!
Why do you love STEM?
My favorite part about working in STEM is that I work with exceptionally talented people and learning from others at every part of my training thus far has been such a privilege.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to run my own independent research lab as a professor one day, continuing to study big questions in biology.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in understanding how different organisms protect themselves against exposure to harmful chemicals/pollutants in the environment, and how chemical exposures might impact their growth/development, and later life health.
What are your hobbies?
I love hiking, camping, diving, baking, reading, and I play several instruments too!
What advice do you have for others in STEM?
My biggest piece of advice would be to collect mentors. No one can do everything by themselves, and having more than one mentor will help you develop many different aspects of your scientific training and future career. Choose people who will help you to develop the skills you want to work on (in and out of the lab) so you can achieve the balance you want to help you reach your goals.
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