When she got to WSU that fall, she looked for research lab opportunities. A part-time project led to part-time employment while completing her bachelor’s degree. She graduated in 2010 and became a certified clinical exercise specialist, accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine. That training included 600 hours of a clinical component.
“But I missed the lab the whole time. I knew it wasn’t my endpoint,” she says.
She started the doctoral program in pharmaceutical sciences. Her research looked at cardiac pathology and cell signaling. “By the time I finished my Ph.D., I realized I was interested in more than research. I wanted to be a part of drug development.”