Chrystie's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Hawaii Roadtrip

CHRYSTIE NAEOLE, PH.D.

Special Projects Coordinator & Lecturer
Chaminade University of Honolulu

“You have to feel good about what you're doing. I don't like to hear people say, 'Oh, that's just my job.'”

INTERESTS:

Science Medicine

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Opportunity Transitions Chance Choices Support & Encouragement Education Passion Negativity Focus

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Being Challenged

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was a child, she had a curvature in her spine and had to go to physical therapy.
  • Her experience as an outpatient inspired her to study to become a physical therapist herself.
  • At the end of her junior year at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, she took a “genetics for non-science majors” class.
  • She was in a population genetics lab that was studying the biomarkers of fruit flies...and she fell in love with it.
  • Simultaneously, she was volunteering as a physical therapist’s aide; as graduation neared, she had to choose between the two.
  • Despite having planned to go into physical therapy, she took a risk and applied for a master’s in biomedical science.
  • She earned her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, and won an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists grant for her research.
  • Now she teaches undergraduate biology classes at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

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