My name is Ivanna Lizano. I dream to be a Crime Scene Investigator or a Marine Biologist. I met a woman in science named Jennifer Gordon. She is a research scientist for UCLA. She is currently researching the STD Trichomonas Vaginalis. I think it is so important that she works in this because people need to be more aware about STDS to protect themselves. She was inspired to work in medicine because a man came came to her high school, gave a lecture, and talked about a book called The Hot Zone. She inspired me to work towards my dream job, no matter what people say or how much I would make. If that is my dream, I can reach it; there are no obstacles I cannot get over.
Q: What inspired you to work in science?
A: When I heard a lecture about the body vs. the disease, it was so fascinating to me that both the body and the disease have a defense and an offense. It’s like a war, and your body works to fight off the disease. It’s interesting.
Q: How does your job work? What do you do?
A: Each lab has a specific theme and a specific question. My lab works on the STD Trichomonas Vaginalis, and we find out all about the disease, how it works, what it affects, everything.
Q: What do you suggest for a good summer program?
A: You should look into MBI, Wood’s Hole Marine Biological Institute. They have a great summer program!