Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Christi KolarchikPittsburgh

Who are your role models? I would have to say that I admire each person in my life for different reasons.  In terms of role models at work, I admire many of the people I met while training as a graduate student.  As a group, these scientists remind me that there is no one right way to succeed.

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Bio:Christi attended Pennsylvania State University, where she completed a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Business Administration. She then completed a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in Cellular and Molecular Pathology. She received additional training as a  Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration (CATER) Training Fellow and Clinical and Translational Science Institute Training Fellow. For Christi, biological research is a great blend of autonomy and team work. She says that multitasking, cell culture, self-motivation, writing, oral presentation, surgical skills, and organization are all important skills to succeed in this career. She collaborates with undergraduate students, graduate students, electrical engineers, bioengineers, and neuroscientists daily.

Outside the laboratory, Christi spends time with her family. “I have an amazing husband and three equally amazing children.  I love spending time with them and staying involved with their activities.  I enjoy pretty much any sport, playing outside, reading, bike riding and watching movies.” She also coaches her son’s soccer and hockey teams, “Being a coach is so much fun, and I am always trying to get better at that.”