·How long have you been at Visikol?
I have been at Visikol since the beginning of January 2023.
·What do you do at Visikol?
I am a scientist but more specifically, I am a study director for the histology department here at Visikol. As a study director, it is my role to facilitate communications with clients and our research technicians to ultimately provide answers to questions revolving around tissue diseases and tissue imaging.
·What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on here at Visikol?
As a recent hire, I have yet to delve into many projects on my own, but with my background in microscopy, any project that requires fluorescence or brightfield microscopy imaging always gets me excited.
·Most challenging part of working in the science field?
The most challenging part of working in the science field is being okay with failure. Most things, especially in the biological sciences, fail more times than they do succeed. Understanding that you need to go through the failures to truly understand how things work is part of being a scientist, and it is not always easy.
·Most rewarding part about working in the science field?
The most rewarding part about working in the science field is the opportunity to talk to people with great minds and great ideas on a daily basis. It provides the mental exercise for helping solve problems and keeping me sharp. Every day that I can help someone else, is a day I can be proud of.
·How does your department help Visikol accelerate the drug discovery process?
The Histology department helps Visikol accelerate the drug discovery process by providing the hands on processing, imaging and labeling of tissue samples. With our multiplex staining protocol, we are able provide more data with less sample. So, if someone has a rare tumor that we can only get a small portion of, we can use our multiplexing technique to identify several different targets in succession.
·What is a fun fact about yourself?
I am what some may call a “sneakerhead”. I have over 80 pairs at the moment, and always appreciate a great pair of kicks with a cool background story.