Chrystie Naeole, Ph.D.

Chrystie Naeole, Ph.D.

Special Projects Coordinator & Lecturer


Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, HI USA


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

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Chrystie Naeole, Ph.D.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
University of Hawaii at Manoa
graduate
Graduate
Biomedical Sciences, General
University of Hawaii at Manoa
doctorate
Doctorate
Molecular Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Career

Career

Special Projects Coordinator & Lecturer

I am a professor of biology that uses DNA based methods for molecular identification of species.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Medicine
Medicine
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

Interacting with students and colleagues.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Experience in an academic setting including advising AND be open-minded, adaptable, compassionate, stern when necessary, hopeful, happy and so on.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Always ask yourself "What are you passionate about?"

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
graduate
Graduate
Biomedical Sciences, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Molecular Biology
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I thought I wanted to do this, but I don't think I want to anymore. "

One of my grad school mentors told me that I had the abilities to succeed, but if I failed that would be on me. I had to make a commitment to myself not to give up.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I was the first in my family to go to college, but my family and mentors are very supportive.