Mattina M. Alonge
One of the best things about being involved in the scientific process may be that the questions never end; whether they are questions that guide our research interests, or questions of where our science careers may take us and what we give back.
I stumbled into graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago, IL because I was a lost lover of science, but it wasn't long until I figured out that it was the perfect place to be. I completed my Master's under the supervision of comparative physiologist and fish guy, Dr. Jason Bystriansky, and spent a lot time exercising rainbow trout to measure cellular changes in their muscles and gills. While living and playing scientist for a month at University of British Columbia, I fell in love with the feeling of pursuing a research question and the roller coaster of what comes along with that. Since then, I've worked at University of Chicago in a translational medicine lab within the section of hematology/oncology (blood disorders and cancers), and am currently an intern at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C. working a comparative animal nutrition lab.
I try to balance out my nerdy side by doing a ton of yoga, trying to have a green thumb, taking flying trapeze classes, and collaborating with artist Kimberly Turner (http://www.kimberlyturnerart.com/) on projects that mesh the mind of an artist with that of a scientist. Oh, and I love Fluevog shoes.