What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your work or line of research
I am an early career researcher interested in a scientific management role. I am a Research Associate at the University of Virginia in Wladek Minor’s laboratory. Our research team is dedicated to understanding biological systems comprehensively by utilizing a range of biophysical techniques, including X-ray crystallography. One of our principal areas of investigation is unraveling the significant role of serum albumin as a primary facilitator for transporting hormones, drugs, and metals within mammalian blood plasma. Additionally, our research delves into the intricate mechanisms behind the binding of metals to proteins and how these interactions manifest in the form of structural variability in crystal structures.
Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?
As a researcher, I believe in sharing the results of our work in an open and transparent way. I am passionate about science communication as well as open science. I am thrilled to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program, learn more about preprints, and actively promote them to the broader scientific community.
What are you excited about in science communication?
tl;dr Science communication makes scientific research and breakthroughs more available to the general audience.
Science communication is one of the essentials for bridging the gap between scientific research and the general public. Effective science communication is a crucial factor that helps people better understand the relevance of scientific research to their daily lives, increase public awareness of scientific breakthroughs, and promotes a more informed public discourse on science-related issues.
I think the ongoing technological advancements, such as social media and other digital platforms, have created plenty of opportunities for science communication. These tools have made it easier for scientists to communicate directly with the public and engage in two-way dialogue with their audience.
Finally, the current global challenges, such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other emerging threats, highlight the crucial need for science communication to communicate science-based solutions to complex societal problems. Overall, science communication plays a vital role in shaping public opinion.
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