Where do your research strengths lie? Why? What are your research weaknesses? How will you improve?
I do not give up. Even if the review of the manuscript is “harsh”, I still take the time and effort to perfect the work. Researchers are often disappointed, overwhelmed, and discouraged by the frequent manuscript rejections. However, I have developed an attitude of positivity and enthusiasm, which has served me well. And yes, statistics are my weakness; however, I have learned from various instructional videos the basics and I shall continue to strive for more knowledge in this area to perfect my work.
Describe your unforgettable (proudest) moment in science?
I will never forget the moment wen I found out about my Match in Endocrinology fellowship at the NIH, which truly enabled me to become a physician scientist.
At which conference did you first present?
I presented my first abstract on testosterone levels and cognition in substance users at the 2011 Endocrine Society Meeting in Boston
What upcoming conferences will you be attending, and what is the furthest distance that you have traveled for a conference?
I am planning to attend the 2016 Endocrine Society Annual meeting in Boston, MA. I attended International Congress of Endocrinology in Florence, Italy in 2012. Wow, what a beautiful city! The conference reception was held in a castle with a magical view.
How did you learn about ISH/NIN and its activities?
Word of mouth, like really good things in this life, and Fady Hannah-Shmouni, MD.
What area(s) do you wish to specialize in the future?
I would like to continue my research on PA. This disease was described decades ago, and little is known about its genetics.
Who is your role model in Science? Why?
My current mentors at the NIH are my role models. Dr. Maya B. Lodish is a wonderful physician scientist, who is also able to balance between her family and running the pediatric endocrinology fellowship program. I enjoy her scientific integrity, and humbleness very much. She empowers her fellows and postdocs through encouragement and dedication.
Dr. Constantine A. Stratakis has the unique ability to remember everything and everyone. I am fascinated by his ability to combine a deep understanding of the disease processes: from molecular genetics to translational science to patient care. A remarkable physician, scientist and leader!
Are you involved in other scientific or career associations? If yes, how is it helping in your career advancements?
I am an active member of the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. I have attended the fellow’s series, which I find to be quite helpful.
What are your scientific goals? Advise for talented emerging scientists?
I encourage emerging physician scientist to find time to do science, even if the hours are challenging. Ask for protected research time! When you get it, manage the time wisely. The more work you put into it, the more gain is achieved.