Georgina Salazar, PhD
Research Coordinator, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, Texas’ Therapeutic Antibody Core, University of Texas Health Science Center
AWIS Member since 2013
“During the Fukushima nuclear emergency, I investigated the effects of environmental radiation on human stem cells, identifying the knowledge gap and establishing collaborations with experts and community members.”
Where do you work as a STEM professional?
I work as a research coordinator for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ Therapeutic Antibody Core at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. My work focuses on science communication, particularly in communicating the results of research on the development of therapeutic antibodies targeting cancer and infectious disease.
What do you consider to be an important career achievement or milestone and why?
During the Fukushima nuclear emergency, I investigated the effects of environmental radiation on human stem cells, identifying the knowledge gap and establishing collaborations with experts and community members. We developed protocols and a community health risk management syllabus, completed experiments, and conducted a short course on radiation safety.
Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.
Opportunities to participate in collaborations with international scientists, including during stints working in Japan and Singapore, have been the most amazing opportunities in my STEM career. STEM makes such international collaborations much more likely, because STEM objectives are humanity’s objectives and are best served by collaboration among nations instead of competition.
What challenges have you encountered in your career, and how did you address it?
The biggest challenges I’ve encountered in my career have been transitions that were longer than I would have liked. Active participation in AWIS has been incredibly helpful in addressing these challenges, as AWIS members have been able to connect me to both short-term and long-term opportunities and resources.
How do you help women in STEM achieve their full potential? What is your best tip for other women in STEM to succeed?
I have been active in my local chapters of AWIS supporting career development and networking events. These events help members get recruited, collaborate with each other, build informal fellowship, and boost confidence and leadership skills through service. Create a work life, career, and self-concept that support you. Take time regularly to acknowledge, celebrate, and support the passions and talents that have brought you fulfillment so far.
Dr. Georgina Salazar works to create innovative solutions in science communication, research, and policy. With a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Stanford and a Doctorate of Science in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine, Dr. Salazar has fulfilled a dream of exploring the world with research positions in Singapore and Japan before returning to the U.S. and focusing on science communication.