Lydia Villa-Komaroff: How I Became a Scientist

The early influences of her mother and uncle set Lydia Villa-Komaroff on the path to becoming a scientist. Along the way, numerous other mentors influenced her decision to obtain her PhD in biology and also taught her important life lessons.

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As a post-doctoral fellow, Lydia Villa-Komaroff was a key member of the team that showed for the first time that bacteria could be induced to produce insulin. She spent the next twenty years researching growth factors and development before moving to science administration. Currently, she is Chief Scientific Officer at CytonomeST. Amongst her many accomplishments, she counts being a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

 

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