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Gillian Smith

Gillian Smith

Gilead Sciences

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Gillian's work combines: Science, Medicine, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Senior Research Assistant

I am a biochemist who does tests and collects data on different drugs relating to oncology using a mass spectrometer.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I attended Archbishop Mitty, where I excelled in science (AP Biology) and decided I wanted to enter the STEM field.

  • 2.

    I got into Perdue University, majoring in bioengineering.

  • 3.

    I began viral and bacterial host research during my education, where I began using the mass spectrometer to collect data.

  • 4.

    I graduated with her master's degree.

  • 5.

    I got a job where I applied the skill of using a mass spectrometer to collect information.

  • 6.

    I am now a senior research assistant at Gilead Sciences.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Teachers:

    In college, I had a professor that was known for being unpleasant and was sexist towards female engineers. He did not have my best interest at heart.

  • How I responded:

    Instead of being discouraged by his opinions and prejudices, I continued to work hard towards getting my degree in bioengineering. Due to the dynamic between students and well-known university professors, I chose to not confront him or speak up about it. Instead, I tried to block it out and avoid it as much as possible, but when I did face discrimination, I tried to not take it personally. In the end, I was able to get though it and was able to pass the class.