CDB Connections: Maya Igarashi, November 2021
Welcome to CDB Connections, an interview series from CDB’s DEI committee. This interview features Maya Igarashi, Research Assistant in the Gould Lab. This interview was conducted and written by Maggie Fye, of the CDB DEI communications subcommittee. This series of interviews is meant to present the diversity in our community and department and to celebrate the experiences and backgrounds of everyone in it. If you are interested in contributing to a future interview, please contact the CDB DEI committee.
Can you please briefly describe your “science journey”? What is your current or previous education, and your current position and work?
I feel very much like I’m still in the beginning steps of my “science journey.” I graduated Wellesley College class of 2020 with a degree in both Physics and Japanese. When I was an undergraduate, I did research on a broad range of subjects like lasers and biofilms. After graduating, I joined the Gould Lab as a Research Assistant where we study cell division in fission yeast and where I’ve been doing a lot of fluorescence microscopy experiments.
What made you decide on your path through science?
That’s a difficult question. So far I’ve been guided by interest and opportunity. Much of my journey has felt like a process of trial and error to find what works for me. I’ve found that no experience goes to waste and that they’ve all helped shape me and my path through science.
What are your future career goals?
Right now, my next step is graduate school! I’m currently applying to Biophysics graduate programs with the eventual goal of pursuing a research-based career.
What makes you passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion?
It is my firm belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are key to better science. All of the most pressing questions we face today will only be solved with a diverse set of viewpoints. It takes conscious effort to overcome the historical barriers that many people face when trying to study science, and we need to make that effort. I’ve only gotten to where I am because of the support and encouragement I’ve received from my peers, coworkers, and professors. I hope to pay it forward and be that support for others.
What do you like to do outside of science?
I love crafting! It’s a great way to relax and learn new skills. I’m currently working on making a sweater. I also like hanging out with my friends and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
CDB Connections Interview with Maya Igarashi, November 2021.
Interview, text, and editing by Maggie Fye.