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Putting the Brakes on Aging

Who has inspired and mentored you over the course of your career?

My father was a great source of inspiration. Like many other of my family members, he worked in academic medicine and held the belief that a person should always try to make positive contributions to society. From a young age, I was intrigued by tropical infectious diseases and assumed that I would follow in my father’s footsteps and have a career in academic medicine. I gained my medical degree from Harvard Medical School and served as a faculty member specializing in infectious diseases at the institution for eight years. Though the experience was incredibly rewarding, juggling various aspects of life became challenging. I was a mother trying to best meet the needs of my children; an academic dedicated to running a lab; and a doctor trying to see patients.

Around the age of 50, I expressed my concerns to my father, who encouraged me to try something new. I knew that I wanted to bridge the gap between basic and clinical science because I was very familiar with them both, and I soon found myself as a Medical Director at Genzyme. I felt comfortable in the role because I knew I could work closely on the translation of basic science to patients.

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