Get to know our NWIS Leadership: Debbie Guerrero-Given

Get to know the scientists that keep MPFI’s NWiS organization up and running! In this four-part series we will be learning more about the team that makes our networking opportunities possible.

June 30, 2020

What is your background (e.g., education, hometown, etc.)?

Hometown: hmm is hard to say 🙂 Currently my hometown is Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Education: Medical Degree (MD) from University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico

Histology from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California

What is your position and lab at MPFI and in NWiS?

At MPFI I am a Research Scientist, at NWiS I am one of the Outreach coordinators.

What is your project or work about?

I work in the Electron Microscopy core facility, which provides support to the scientists not only from MPFI, but also from Scripps and FAU.  My work consists in doing the Electron Microscopy part for any project that a researcher is working on as a complement to their science to answer the questions of that project.  We discuss and advise the researchers on the best Electron Microscopy technique to use and why is better suited for their project or sometimes why it would be better to use a Light microscopy technique instead.

Why did you want to participate in NWiS?

I think it is important to reach out to the younger kids and get them interested in science at an earlier age, especially girls.  Sometimes it is better to hear what a science career is about from somebody other than your teacher. Also, it is nice to see the little kids faces and  be interested and ask questions about what we do.

What is the best advice you have heard and/or would pass on for women in science?

Although it might sound a bit cliché but I think the best advice I have heard is “the sky is the limit”.  When you are a young person really the sky is the limit on what you can do and how far you want to go.  I think it is important to take the opportunities that are presented to you, it might be scary but if you don’t try it or do it you will never know if you could succeed or not.  Even if you don’t succeed don’t see it as a failure but as an opportunity to learn from it.

What is your favorite thing about living in Florida?

I like the fact that you can go to the beach the entire year!!

How do you manage your stress from work and/or maintain a work-life balance?

Working in science can be a bit stressful at times, just like any job, so I tried to exercise in the mornings before going to work to start my day with more energy and a better mindset.  I try to have dinner with my family every night if possible, and on the weekends we spend more time together.