She loved learning the science behind how animals’ bodies work and how medicine can fix them when they are sick. Then she graduated and she learned that being a vet isn’t really about playing with animals, it’s about dealing with people. People who are stressed because their animals are sick. That made the little girl stressed too. So stressed that she couldn’t sleep at night. So she decided to become a scientist.
She did a PhD in molecular biology and found out that turning off a disease-causing mutation isn’t enough to stop a disease from progressing. Then she moved to sunny San Diego to study the gene changes that happen in the heart as we age. She loved research but she found out that only 0.5-16% of PhD grads will ever become Professors. She stopped sleeping again. She looked at her friends in the lab – all talented scientists – and thought, ‘Will I be one of the 0.5%? Should I be one of the 0.5%? That would mean I take away that chance from everyone around me.’ So she decided to go back to what she really loved: writing.
She wrote for startups, for student organisations and for big life science companies. She learnt about business plans, market analysis, product-market fit and pitch decks. She interviewed entrepreneurs, business mentors and investors and wrote a book of ‘Tips for Biotech Startups’ – coming soon.
She wrote some fiction and shared the science behind that fiction.