Dr. Jenny Sones is a post-DVM graduate research assistant in the Robin L. Davisson Laboratory
What motivated you to take your career path?
I first pursued biomedical research as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University. I had the opportunity to work with horses afflicted with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Seeing those majestic creatures suffering, struggling to breath, and wasting away changed my perspective and my career path. I graduated from LSU with a BS in biological sciences in 2004 and then with a DVM in 2008. I am very proud to be a veterinarian and I hope to use my PhD training to benefit animal welfare through biomedical research.
What do you most love about your job?
I love the potential for discovery every day in the laboratory. Some days are more challenging than others and you definitely have to be patient, but that makes you appreciate the successes even more.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing women in academia?
Maintaining a balance between work and family is one of the greatest challenges facing women in the workforce in general. I have an infant daughter, so I can attest that balancing motherhood and with PhD training is demanding. I am very fortunate to have a supportive husband that allows me to pursue my dreams. I am also extremely fortunate to belong to a lab that is understanding of my responsibilities at home and willing to help me accomplish my goals at work.
Which woman figure in science do you admire?
The working mother!
What makes good mentoring?
The mentor/protégé relationship is a very intimate one. Every trainee has individual needs and I’m sure every mentor would say no two are alike. I’ve been fortunate to have been mentored for the last 10 years by some great people. In my experience, a good mentor uplifts you. They give you constructive criticism without negativity. If they believe in you, it helps you believe in yourself.
What are your favorite things to do in Ithaca?
Hiking!! Frequently, my husband and I take our daughter and our black lab through the Cornell Plantations to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Anything related to British history, especially biographies of the royal family.
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