Author: Dalia Sanchez | Category: Final Words... | April 20, 2016
Your name, program, disseration
Dalia Sanchez, Masters of Science in Forensic Toxicology, Environmental Toxicants and Their
Role in Diabetes
Please tell me about yourself, why
did you pick UT Health Science Center, and your program.
I’m from Miami and if you would
have told me four years ago that I would be completing my masters in Texas and in
toxicology I probably would have looked at you strange. It wasn’t until my last
year in undergraduate that I discovered what toxicology was and I decided to
The UT Health Science Center has
such a hands on program for toxicology, I had to apply. I’m a tactile learner
so a program with practicums is exactly what I needed and the program itself is
so small it allows a lot of time with my mentor which helps when the
dissertation rolls around.
Please provide a few sentences
summarizing your dissertation. What was the experience like for you?
My dissertation is about toxic
substances in the environment and their possible role in diabetes, with a focus
on toxicants in Texas. Specifically, I’m covering possible toxicants from oil
drilling, coal mining, and cotton farming.
Since I’m still currently working
on it, the experience feels exhausting, but I’m sure I’ll look back on it with
fonder memories. For now, I just want to be at the end of the tunnel, rather
than still going through it.
Why are you passionate about your
research topic? How did you first become interested in it?
I’ve always been interested in the
environment, so a research topic dealing with it just felt natural (pun not
intended). As for diabetes, my family has a history with it and its increasing
prevalence is alarming. It was my mentor that steered me toward combining the
two, and a research topic was created.
What was your best memory during
graduate school or what did you learn?
My best memory is interning in the Center of Disease Detection. You learn so much in a short amount of time, but
it confirmed that this was a career I wanted to pursue.
To enter the real world and get a
job in the toxicology field, along with paying down my student debt. It’s not
romantic, but its what’s next.
Any advice for your fellow
Keep up a hobby, it keeps you
grounded when things get crazy and helps as a place of refuge. Also, know that
you are going to procrastinate, but plan ahead for it so you don’t lose too
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