Senior Scientist, Accel DiagnosticJoie Marhefka

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What are the most difficult challenges of your work? The most difficult challenges are trying to solve problems that I did not anticipate.

What types of people do you interact with at your job? Mainly other scientists and students.

What do you wear to work? It depends on the day. I usually dress fairly casual, but I wear more professional clothes if I have meetings. I also wear a lab coat when I am doing experiments.

Coffee Shop Drink of Choice: Peppermint mocha or black coffee.

Read more about her career! Biomedical Engineer

Bio: Joie is a senior scientist at Accel Diagnostics. She spends a lot of her time at work in the lab doing tests on devices that the company is developing. She also designs and plans experiments and analyzes data. Her job also has her writing grants and attending meetings. She likes that working at a small company gives her the opportunity to have many different tasks and a lot of hands-on work in the lab. She said that for this career, it is important to have creative problem-solving and engineering skills and to be able to work alone and with a team. Joie has also enjoyed science since she was a little girl, and received her undergraduate degree at Villanova University in chemical engineering. She also received her PhD in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
In her free time, Joie likes to read, play water polo, and ice skate. She also likes to watch hockey and spend lots of time with her family and friends!