Juliette Rando was a STEM Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the human genetics lab of Dr. Sarah Tishkoff (University of Pennsylvania). 

Where are you from?
Sharon, Massachusetts.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?

I studied at Haverford College, where I majored in biology and minored in neuroscience.

What was the best part of your internship?

During my internship, I was able to totally immerse myself in my project. Eventually, I was working almost entirely independently, scheduling my own experiments and troubleshooting them on my own.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns? 

In science, things often don’t go the way you’ve planned. No experiments work perfectly every time, so just push through it if you’re having trouble. It will all work out in the end!

What are you doing now?

I am a research assistant in the lab of Dr. George Shaw (also at UPenn). I am working on a novel HIV-1 vaccine study.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?

I hope to have my PhD! And to be researching something interesting as a postdoc.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?

I’m reading Drown, which is a collection of short stories by Junot Diaz. I would highly recommend Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.

Tell us a fun fact!

I spent the last year living in the Netherlands, working in a behavioral neurogenetics lab, biking and eating cheese.

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