I am a lesbian and I am a cell biologist.//
I have a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and I’m an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon. I run a research lab that studies gut regeneration using the mouse as a model system. As a woman who didn’t come out until later in life, sometimes I still feel like a stranger in the gay community, but in the end, I am so much happier being me. I have so much respect for the bravery of the LGBTQ+ students around me and it’s been awesome getting the chance to get to know and support the LGBTQ+ STEM group here on campus. I’m grateful those students have a largely supportive environment in which they can do college and grad school.