I am ASCPT: Emma Hughes

Author: [AUTHOR] Published on 8/1/2022 12:00:00 AM

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Emma Hughes, BA, Graduate Student, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Who has inspired you in your career?
I am inspired by both my current and previous research advisors, Dr. Rada Savic, Dr. Amy Wang, and Dr. Xin Xu. Each of these scientists has an admirable dedication to producing excellent science and to training the next generation of scientists. As strong leaders, they showed me how to be a project lead and a member of cross-functional teams.

What was your childhood dream job?
Up until taking my first chemistry class in high school, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I spent most of my summers as a child at various New England beaches and aquariums where I fell in love with all the marine species.

When you aren’t working, how do you spend your free time?
I enjoy baking pies (both savory and sweet) and am always in the pursuit of perfecting my crusts. To burn all those calories off, I am a distance runner and look forward to running a marathon someday. Regardless of the activity, I am an avid podcast listener and typically have one playing in the background.

How do you keep focused and motivated?
Whenever I need a boost, I remind myself of the potential impact our work holds to help others. I work in a lab that predominantly uses clinical trial data often enrolling pregnant women and children. The idea that our work could help improve the lives of others helps me overcome the frustrations of science. Additionally, before the pandemic, our lab would have a short afternoon coffee break that was a wonderful way to reset and refocus.

Emma has been a member of ASCPT since 2021.

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