My name is Elizabeth Soto (She/Her/Ella). I am an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and I moved to the USA at the age of thirteen. I am a graduating senior from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, pursuing a B.S in Biotechnology and Neurodegenerative Diseases and I want to get an M.D/Ph.D. and pursue a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology.
My journey with neurodegenerative diseases started when my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. My experience as a loved one of someone suffering from this disease changed my life completely.
When I moved to the United States, I was introduced to the concept of research and became fascinated by it. With time and a lot of obstacles along the way, I was able to create my own major through the CUNY BA Program For Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a physician-scientist when I took a master’s level neuropharmacology course. Since then, I have become fascinated with application of interdisciplinary studies to study the underlying causes of neurodegenerative diseases.
I am also a big advocate of equity, inclusion, and mentorship in STEM. I want to dedicate a big portion of my professional career advocating for these things!
I am also a writer and a cellist. I want to publish several books throughout my career and one day be part of an orchestra.
I am the founder of two recent initiatives:
1. Together for others (twitter: @unidosporotros)
2. Dominicans In STEM (twitter: @DominicansinSTEM).
Check them out!
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