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Difference Maker: Judith Griffin
Medical Researcher, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
What do you do?
My research group is focusing on treatments for cancer, and I conduct experiments directly related to our focus. My experiments involve cell culture, molecular biology, animal surgery and a wide variety of other scientific techniques. I enjoy all aspects of my work, but I think I enjoy animal surgery the best.
In my work, time is a difficult challenge – there is never enough of it. One thing that helps is that we work as a team every day. Each one of us seeks out one another to bounce ideas off.
How does math and science help you change the world?
New technologies, treatment and cures are the direct result of math and science.
What inspired you to make math and science part of your life?
I knew I wanted to include math and science in my life when I became completely devoted to watching medical TV shows! Also, I was inspired by my father and my high school biology teacher. I have several mentors today who continue to inspire me.
What do you do for fun?
I love photography, writing, and gardening.
What would you say to a BrainCakegirl about math and science?
Don't be afraid to reach for the very top. If you decide to become a doctor, take the extra time to attach a PhD to your MD. The things that make a good scientist are good hands, an open mind, honesty, hard work and faith. Good scientists always continue to learn.