NAME: Natalie Mosqueda
EDUCATION: 2nd year grad student in the MCB PhD Program
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Cellular and Developmental Biology
CURRENT RESEARCH: Currently in the Brownlee lab studying the first steps of ciliogenesis, and the role of plasma-membrane bound importin α.
FUTURE GOALS: In the future, Natalie hopes to continue in the STEM field either in academia or industry and continue to serve as a mentor to younger scientists.
Why did you want to be a part of GWiSE?
Starting a PhD Program during a pandemic was somewhat isolating and joined GWiSE to grow a sense of community with like-minded women in the STEM field.
What/who got you interested in your field?
Growing up I’ve always had a natural curiosity in knowing how different biological processes worked and kept exploring this interest.
When did you know you were interested in pursuing a degree in science/engineering?
In high school, I loved my high school chemistry class and knew I was interested in pursuing a degree in the STEM field.
What do you think needs to happen for there to be more women in science/engineering?
For there to be more women in science/engineering, I believe it’s important to start involvement in the field from a younger age and show the possibilities of careers that can be pursued in higher education.
Most interesting place you have visited:
While at University of Oregon, had the opportunity to go to Antarctica to conduct scientific research for an entire summer
Favorite thing to do on Long Island: Going to the beach
Best sunrise/sunset seen to date: Sunset in Torres del Paine National Park