I am non-binary and I began studying Plant Biology and then fell down the rabbit hole of Electron Microscopy.//
I’ve worn many hats over the years. In my undergrad, I double minored in Plant Biology and Philosophy, but ended up working in a lab where Electron Microscopy was used as a means of studying plant tissues. I fell in love with the technique, and have spent more than a decade honing my skills in learning various tissue and cell-level sample preparation methods for Transmission Electron Microscopy and a bit of Scanning Electron Microscopy. In the past few years, I have worked as a Lab Manager, both training PhD students in EM and also taking on a new project that has enabled me to learn Cryo-electron microscopy and Cryo-electron tomography, and the litany of computational image processing that ensues following image acquisition to visualize small molecules and filamentous structures. I’ve always felt queer in some sense, and it is only in the past few years that I have been able to more thoroughly explore my identity as a non-binary person.