I am ASCPT: Megan Koleske

Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 11/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

M Koleske
Megan Koleske, BS, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Who Has Inspired You in Your Career?
I have been most inspired by the women in science who have paved the way before me. As an undergraduate researcher, all of my scientific mentors were men. Coming to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), working with my advisor, Kathy Giacomini, PhD, and being surrounded by brilliant women in my lab, graduate program, and beyond has immersed me in an infinitely supportive and inspiring environment.

How Do You Keep Focused and Motivated?
Focus and motivation come from a number of factors. For one, having a healthy work–life balance allows me to put my full energy into the time I spend working. I am also in constant awe of the latest scientific advancements, which motivates me to work harder to contribute new advancements to the field. Last but certainly not least is being grounded by the reminder that the work we do has real implications for patients. I work with a clinician who actively treats patients with the rare disease I study, so keeping in mind that there are real human beings who may someday benefit from the work I do is incredibly motivating.

When You Aren’t Working, How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
Living in the Bay Area comes with an endless supply of activities, so I’m often outside— hiking in the redwoods, exploring San Francisco by foot, or riding my bike to the beach. I play the piano for about an hour each day and have been learning the guitar. I also have a bit of a green thumb and enjoy tending to my vegetable garden and ever-growing collection of house plants.

What Was Your Childhood Dream Job?
As a child my dream job changed constantly—I wanted to be a teacher, and then a marine biologist, and then a chemist—but science was always the common theme. My dad is a microbiologist, my mom was in nuclear medicine, and my older brother is an aerospace engineer, so I guess it is no surprise that I ended up in the pharmaceutical sciences. Science is in my blood!

Megan has been a member of ASCPT since 2019.

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