Title: Research assistant in the Schlaepfer lab
Duties: Working with the principal investigator to
do what needs to be donefrom washing glassware to setting
up experiments and interpreting data.
Started at TSRI: 1998
Background: B.S. in neurophysiology from University
of California, Davis.
Career Goals: Becoming a scientist or physician.
"Overall, the job has been a good experience. I've had a chance
to learn what life as a scientist is like and what it takes
to do well in the field.
Favorite Part of the Job: "When most of the experiments
come together to help form a good story."
Biggest Challenge of the Job: "When the research
isn't working out. The light gets dimmer at the end of the
Greatest Accomplishment: "Getting my first publication
out." Hsia is now an author on three scientific publications,
with more in the pipeline. "I'm pretty satisfied as long as
I'm being productive."
Extracurricular Activities: Competing in triathalons
(including one Sunday, October 7 in Mission Bay), rockclimbing,
backpacking, and fishing. "And my team won the doormat prize
for coming in last in the Scripps Golf Tournament." Will the
team enter again next year? "Absolutely. That was the best
round of golf we ever played!"