Devon is a biochemist based in Miami, Florida, and a PhD candidate at the University of Miami. When she’s not setting her alarm to wake up exactly at 6:38 AM so she can squeeze in some Pilates before starting the day, she’s entrenched in her graduate projects and COVID-19 research. Read more to see what inspired her to be a scientist, and how she’s been navigating 2020.
WE STILL CAN’T CREATE TECHNOLOGY THAT DOES A FRACTION OF WHAT OUR BODIES NATURALLY DO EVERY DAY.
WHERE DO YOU WORK, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am getting my PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Miami.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A SCIENTIST?
I was always fascinated by the human body and how it spontaneously heals itself. We still can’t create technology that does a fraction of what our bodies naturally do every day! I ultimately wanted to make an impact in the healthcare industry in a creative way which led me to pursue research in biomedical engineering and biochemistry.
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD?
I love that I am able to bring an idea from conception in the laboratory to execution in the clinic. Every day is different, and I am constantly learning.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACED IN 2020, AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?
Shifting from working on my graduate projects to working on COVID19 research during quarantine in the lab. To overcome anything, I try to focus on what I can personally accomplish for that day and take it one day at a time.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF THIS YEAR, AND WHERE HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST POSITIVE GROWTH?
I have felt the most positive growth in my personal life – enjoying the small things life has to offer every day. I feel most excited and inspired about my next step post-graduation! There are so many incredibly interesting areas that I can segway into in the healthcare industry right now.