Humans of UCSF

“My name is Rebecca Jaszczak. Yup, Snake Zebra Cat Zebra. It’s okay, you can be jealous of my mnemonic. My husband taught it to me. Some people just call me R. It’s not unlike the programming language, but we don’t live in a studio.

Science communication and media coverage are needed now more than ever.

“Hailing from France, I started as a Postdoc at UCSF 18 years ago. I now work at the Diabetes Center as a facility manager, and I also manage the Mouse Metabolism Core.

We’re both enrolled in a master’s program that is focused on translational medicine, which is the process of converting scientific knowledge into medical technologies.

Born and raised in a physician's family, I picked up an early love for medicine and went on to pursue a physician-scientist program in medical school.

I have always been curious and interested about how new technologies can improve patient care.

“Growing up with a background in dance taught me to appreciate the human body and movement at a young age.

We stand on the shoulders of those before us.

“This quote has made a deep impression upon me because I truly believe that who I am and where I am now comes from the goodness of those surrounding me.

“I was born and raised in Pakistan, but my wanderlust and my pursuit of higher education brought me to the U.S. after high school, all by myself. I landed in Houston, Texas where I did my B.S. in Biology.

"My whole body felt itchy, bumps were popping up on my back, my face swelled up like a hot air balloon… What could it be? On Jan. 21, 2017, and again on Feb. 4, 2017, I had anaphylactic allergic reactions and was driven to the ER by my fiancé.