Country: Peru, 2013
Mentor: Rebecca Ihrie
My name is Susana Castro, I come from Peru and I just finished my bachelor degree in Biology and Chemistry at the Cayetano Heredia University.
I like to think of science as solving a puzzle. In the case of biomedical science, this puzzle is really important to a person’s life. That’s why I am so interested in the biomedical research, especially in the host-parasite interaction, molecular and cell biology of cancer and Neuroscience.
In Peru, I have been working with parasites and thanks to the VISRA program, I am able to exploring others areas of my interest. Currently, I am working in the Cancer Biology Department, in Dr. Rebecca’s Ihrie Lab which is focused in the development of the neural stem cell niche and the etiology and treatment of brain tumors.
So far my experience in Nashville is incredible, the people here is so kind and hospitable. The city is so peaceful and yet so modern, So for the Next VISRA participants, if you want to became a biomedical researcher, the VISRA program is a great point to start your career. If you are not sure about it, take this program as an good opportunity to find that out. Take advantadge of this experience.