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Science Graduates

Krista Daves Queen, Ph.D.

What I do now:
I am a Microbiologist at the CDC in Atlanta, GA studying new human viruses.

My work/job consists of:
Conducting scientific experimentation to identify new and emerging viruses in humans and animals.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
After graduating from LSUS, I attended graduate school at LSUHSC and studied viruses. Upon completing my PhD, I looked for opportunities to study RNA viruses and emerging viruses which is how I decided to come to the CDC.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS because I knew I could get a quality education in my hometown.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I loved being a part of a sorority while at LSUS and I treasure the lifelong friendships I gained.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Gossett, Dr. Banks, Dr. Lucas, Dr. Burden, Dr. Thompson

How LSUS helped me succeed:
The education I received at LSUS gave me the foundation necessary to further my education beyond just a B.S. degree.

Advice to college-bound students:
Take classes that interest you!

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Biomedical research is an ever-expanding field. Find something that intrigues you and never give up!

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Think about what you are most passionate about and choose that.

My toughest professional challenge:
Graduate school was very challenging but I knew that in order to do what I wanted to do I needed to be successful in graduate school.

My toughest personal challenge:
Maintaining a good work/life balance is always a challenge.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Doctorate of Philosophy
August 2012

Charles S. McClesky Award for Outstanding Presentation by a Ph.D. student
South Central Branch ASM Annual Meeting
December 2011

National Graduate Student Symposium
St. Jude Children's Research Center
April 2010

I've learned this from life:
You can never be too motivated!

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would still be doing biomedical research!