Desiree Matias

Greensboro, NC, US
Field of Work 
**CHEMISTRY & LIFE SCIENCE**
Company 
Cambrex High Point
Job Title or "Student" 
Senior Research Scientist
Education 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Degree 
PhD
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I became interested in the sciences when my high school Chemistry teacher showed me what a woman in science looked like. I was born in Ohio and raised in Puerto Rico. I have always been good at math, but it wasn't until I applied that math to a chemistry problem that I found my calling. Then, in my second year of college, I found Organic Chemistry and never looked back. I went to graduate school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and got a PhD in Organic Synthesis. Now, I work at a pharmaceutical company making small molecules (medicines) that will be tested in clinical trials.

One of my favorite memories from graduate school are from outreach and mentoring programs. I hope to be a resource for girls and young women who are interested in science and engineering. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Reading, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 1-2 times.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekdays
Resources 
Career exploration activities, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
None

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