Mindy Engevik

Charleston, SC, US
Field of Work 
**HEALTH & MEDICINE**
Job Title or "Student" 
Assistant Professor
Education 
Medical University of South Carolina
Degree 
Systems Biology and Physiology
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I am an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where I study how bacteria interact with the gut. During my childhood I was fascinated with science - especially classifying rocks and insects. This love of science led me to study Biology in college. I obtained my PhD in Systems Biology & Physiology at the University of Cincinnati and did my postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. My research focuses on how bacteria and intestinal cells communicate using mini-guts, or organoids, created from mouse or human intestine samples. One great thing about studying science is there are so many different things you can do (for example, research, medicine, pharmacy, optometry, dentistry, public health, law, teaching, industry, geography, ecology, etc). As a female scientist I want girls everywhere to know that 1) science is awesome, 2) there is a community of female scientists who have gone through many of the same situations, and 3) you too can go on to do great things in science.
Interests 
Reading, Video games, Travel
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Availability 
Evenings, Weekends
Resources 
Career exploration activities
Program Affiliation 
None

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