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Felicia Rice
Felicia Rice

Felicia Rice

Mayo Clinic Hospital

Phoenix, AZ USA

"Believe in yourself and know that you can do it...So what if you’re floundering? You’ll only be floundering for a little bit of time."

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Day In The Life


I study patient cultures to help solve patients' issues.


Day In The Life Of A Microbiologist

My Day to Day

As a microbiologist, I work closely with infectious disease and study things that most people don’t like to talk about (wound cultures, sputum, urine, etc.). I receive specimens from the hospital and then I spend most of my day reading those cultures to help solve patients’ problems. I also spend time working with our instruments, including troubleshooting the machines when they start to fail.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Biology/Biological Sciences, General

    St. Mary's College, Notre Dame

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I grew up in Indiana.

  • 2.

    My dad was an orthopedist, so I grew up around that field and realized early on that I wanted to do something similar.

  • 3.

    I earned my undergraduate degree in biology at St. Mary’s College in Indiana and then did a one-year certification program in Chicago.

  • 4.

    I got pregnant when I was still in school and realized that I probably wasn’t going to end up becoming a doctor and practicing with my dad as I had originally planned.

  • 5.

    After graduating, I took a couple of years off to spend more time raising my children.

  • 6.

    When I went back to work, I moved around through various jobs in the medical field to try and find something that would be fulfilling to me—I ended up really liking microbiology.

  • 7.

    I didn’t want my children to experience a bumpy childhood, so I spent a lot of time working the third shift to ensure that I could be with my children during the day.

  • 8.

    I eventually felt like I needed a change of scenery, so I moved with my children to Phoenix, Arizona, to work as a microbiologist for the Mayo Clinic Hospital—it’s been a great experience so far!