I am queer and I am a chemist.//
I remember the moment I first fell in love with chemistry. Analyzing NMR data that I had collected, it thrilled me that through these experiments, I had taken a colorless vial of molecules, each one many times smaller than my eye could detect, and now I could “see” them, probe their structures, and infer how they might behave. It felt like magic. I spent the rest of my undergraduate career characterizing nucleic acids by NMR spectroscopy. Now I work for a biopharmaceutical company, where I characterize biotherapeutics, like monoclonal antibodies and vaccines, primarily by mass spectrometry. Probing the structures of chemical and biological molecules to gain functional insight is my passion. It’s never stopped feeling like magic, and now I get to do it every day.