Meet Sydney

GWISE’s new technical coordinator!

By: Liz Inman

EDUCATION: B.S. in Biology from St. John’s University; currently in the MCB PhD Program at Stony Brook University

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Virology, Host Pathogen Interactions, Infectious Disease

CURRENT RESEARCH : Currently I study the virus, Adenovirus, in efforts to understand more about its interactions with host cells. By looking at the viruses manipulations of host cell signaling and function through acute and persistent infections, I hope to gather a better understanding of an Adenovirus infection and its implications.

FUTURE GOALS: My goal is to get my PhD and then to teach students like myself. I would like to teach at an undergrad university.

Why did you want to be a part of GWiSE?

As an undergrad I received a full tuition scholarship from the Clare Boothe Luce Program from my Women In Science group and in the program I really gathered the importance of having groups like GWISE where women can promote each other and promote having women in STEM fields. When I came to Stony Brook I sought to be part of a group that supported the same ideas.

What/who got you interested in your field?

For a long time I didn’t know there was such a thing as a PhD. I spent my early life exploring the sciences that were presented around me. When you’re young they teach you Astronomy and Earth Sciences, then I was exposed to shows like CSI in middle school and explored biological tools for that application; but as I got older and entered high school the only science field ever presented to me was medical so I entered college thinking medical science was the only type of scientist you can be. Quickly with the help of some faculty and the Women in Science group, I learned about being a research scientist and knew it was the path I wanted to take.

When did you know you were interested in pursuing a degree in science/engineering? 

I always seemed to have a preference for sciences and my science classes in school.

What do you think needs to happen for there to be more women in science/engineering?

I think in order for more women to be in STEM fields there needs to be more exposure of current women in these fields and more discussion of how to even start a career in this path.

Name one achievement/award/moment that you are proud of and why: 

In my undergrad research I gave a presentation at the Wyss Institute at Harvard, I was proud to get myself to get up in front of people and give a fun presentation that also showcased what we were studying. I definitely struggle with public speaking but that was a fun presentation for me and is motivating to look back on.

If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the free time?

Play with my cats 

Best sunrise seen to date:

On the Hudson River at 4am

If your childhood had a smell, what would it be? 

Watermelon and honeysuckle

If you could only live in one area (city/beach/mountains/desert/plains) for the rest of your life, where would you live and why?

Mountains for sure! I love to hike and I would love the views living on one


Author: sbugwise

We are the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering group at Stony Brook University and we are dedicated to supporting women in STEM fields.

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