April 2011

Erika Geihe

Graduate student
Stanford University

Can you give some background on yourself and your research?
As a member of the Wender Laboratory, my research focuses on drug delivery with a special emphasis on the delivery of oligonucleotides for therapeutic applications. I also serve as the chairwoman of the Women’s Committee on Graduate Life and as an officer for the Stanford Association for Multi-Disciplinary Medicine and Science. Prior to graduate school, I earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry summa cum laude from Harvard University. I hope to become a principal investigator at a research university or a government laboratory.

What did you expect from your participation in our Congressional visits program?
During my time on the Hill, I hoped to gain a better understanding of how the funding process and policy creation work in congress and how I (and my scientific peers) might be better able to influence these processes. I also hoped to meet with my elected officials and policy makers and convey both my excitement for science and for the future of science (specifically biosciences), along with my desire for continued funding and appropriate policies that will encourage scientific progress, innovation and job creation. I also was looking forward to meeting the other participants who share similar interests with me.

 

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