Crystal  Harrison

Crystal Harrison

Research Scientist


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
After college I didn’t have a plan. I started substitute teaching at a local middle school.
A year after I graduated from college I applied to graduate school. Still didn’t have a plan.
After I finished my masters degree I met a professor who worked with MRI and he offered me a research assistant position.
I finished my PhD working with MRI and my boss asked me to stay on for a postdoctoral fellowship.
I moved around within the university in job title and departments and I’m still working my way up.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
The University of Texas at Austin
graduate
Graduate
Physics, General
The University of Texas at Dallas
doctorate
Doctorate
Physics, General
The University of Texas at Dallas
certification
Certification/License
Postdoctoral fellowship
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Career

Career

Research Scientist

I work with MRIs to improve diagnosis and treatment of various diseases.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Engineering
Engineering
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Every day is different. I help design experiments to answer different questions about biology. I use a lot of math, physics, and computer programming as well as biology and chemistry.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Working with people is an important skill. Even more important is asking questions. You control your path and only by asking lots of questions will you learn what is expected, required, or availability to you.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get a job in a research lab during college. The pay is small but the experience is immeasurable.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
graduate
Graduate
Physics, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Physics, General
certification
Certification/License
Postdoctoral fellowship
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You don’t seem ambitious enough to be successful. "