Lydia Villa-Komaroff

Lydia Villa-Komaroff

Molecular Biologist & Chief Scientific Officer


Cytonome

Boston, MA USA


There's really never any end to the questioning of 'What should I do next in my life? Am I doing the right thing? Am I spending my time correctly?' The only thing you really know is that your time is limited. You have to do the thing that makes you feel good.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Currently works in a lab that is separating cells for therapeutic use.
Says she was a tomboy when she was growing up; thinks this prepared her to work in a field full of men later in life.
Went to the University of Washington-over 1,000 miles from her hometown of Santa Fe-because she wanted to leave her comfort zone.
Had a college counselor tell her, "You're not doing well in school because women don't belong in the chemistry major."
Switched over to biology, but continued in her pursuit of becoming a scientist.
Received a doctoral degree in cellular biology from MIT; was only the third Mexican-American woman to get a doctorate in the sciences.
One day, she went to a national meeting of Mexican-American and Native American scientists-17 people were in attendance.
They knew that number was too low, so she helped develop the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Goucher College
graduate
Graduate
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Career

Career

Molecular Biologist & Chief Scientific Officer

I lead a team that is building a machine which will separate cells for therapeutic use.

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Learning / Being Challenged

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