Elizabeth Fahsbender

San Francisco, CA, US
Field of Work 
Job Title or "Student" 
Post doctoral fellow
Molecular Virology
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hi, I'm Liz. I'm a post doc constantly teetering between unraveling life's mysteries and playing outside. When I'm abiding by my grad student responsibilities I am working in the microbiology laboratory discovering viruses in sick animals.

I became interested in microbiology as an undergraduate while interning at the local aquarium. My lifelong love of animals led me to an internship working with sea turtles, and yes, I chose the microbiology route. You see, I worked with sea turtles that were infected with a potentially life threatening virus; unfortunately not much was known about it. So I decided I wanted to take matters into my own hands and now here I am studying novel viruses in dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and sea stars.

Outside of the laboratory I enjoy biking around town and in old phosphorous mines, sailing around San Francisco Bay, and just playing around outside. Like most people I like traveling and trying my hand at new activities like embarrassing myself while skiing, and finding a healthy respect for life while rock climbing.

My advice is never let anything get in the way of your passion. If you are passionate about animals, volunteer or apply for an internship working with them. Nothing is as valuable as experience, and you never know where new experiences will take you!
Working outdoors, Pets, Dance, Reading, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
No Preference
Hands-on activities for students, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 

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