Diversity Spotlight

“What is the campus climate like?” posed Peter Crougan, the president of UCSF’s Graduate Professional Student Association (GPSA) at a recent GPSA meeting that focused discussion on diversity across campus.

Have you ever wondered, what culture truly means? More importantly, how does an individual’s culture and diverse experiences contribute to their identity?

Before I first stumbled into a research laboratory in college, I never imagined that I could or would end up pursuing a career in academic research. During the six years since I was captivated by the life sciences, I have taken an interest in how other researchers like me found themselves in this wonderful and challenging field. Diversity Spotlight is a new quarterly column where I will highlight the journeys of UCSF faculty who come from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.