We recently sat down with Amy Koski, Clinical Research Coordinator, as part of our Born Seekers campaign. Amy's clinical research in gene therapy is transforming future generations, eliminating risks for disease and inspiring others to explore their inherent curiosity in the sciences.
Q: Thank you for joining us. As a Clinical Researcher, what is your current area of focus?
My chosen area of research right now is gene therapy.
Q: What made you fall in love with science? Was there something that initially sparked your interest?
I fell in love with the idea of becoming a scientist when I was a young girl spending lots of time out in the woods with my dad, hunting and fishing.
Q: Tell us about what you’re working on now.
Currently, the work I'm doing focuses on the transmission of inherited diseases to future generations, and how we can provide choices to these perspective parents to eliminate the disease-causing mutation in their children. We are opening up the conversation about what it means to be a person who carries an inherited disease mutation.
Q: What does it take to become a successful scientist?
In order to become a successful scientist, you really need to understand communication, be able to describe the work you do to a lay audience or to somebody who won a Nobel Prize. You absolutely need to understand that research is failure. Most of the science we do, you fail at. Failure, actually, if you look at it from a different perspective, is success. You're constantly moving forward from your mistakes and you need to never give up.
Q: Can you describe your experience as a woman in science?
I think as a woman in science, we need to take a step back and not compare ourselves to those that came before us, but to compare ourselves to what we are doing today.
Q: What challenges have you faced as a woman working in your field?
The challenges that I've had as a woman in science have been the decision to have children and to pursue my family time. Science doesn't really slow down. All of our journeys are different. I think in general, if you want to be a scientist, you have to be really curious about the world, constantly curious, almost to a fault
Q: What advice would you give the next generation of female scientists?
The advice I would give to the next generation of female scientists is to not be afraid, to be confident, to speak up and be heard. We need to be true to our own voice.
Q: What do you think makes someone a Born Seeker? What qualities do you think are essential to becoming a Born Seeker?
Being here today as part of this Born Seekers Campaign is incredibly humbling. And every single day, I think being a Born Seeker is more about an internal conversation with what you are doing and the science you are pursuing, and not necessarily about fame.