Naima Sharaf

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Graduate Student in Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

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400livingWhat is your favorite coffee drink? Mocha Frappucino from Starbucks!

Was there a particular person or event that influenced your career choice? My mother really influenced my career choice. She is a computational biologist involved in drug discovery in a pharmaceutical company. She had so much passion and love for her work that it made me interested in science.

What are some of your recent personal goals? I want to finish writing a manuscript of the research I have done during the past couple of years.

What do you like to do outside work? I like to golf, run, and attend museums.

Who are YOUR role models? My mother and all the female scientists that have come before me.

Read more about her career! Biologist

Bio: Naima got her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a biochemistry track from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is now pursuing a doctorate from University of Pittsburgh’s molecular biophysics and structural biology program. Most of her work is done in a laboratory, where she has the opportunity to work with multimillion dollar machines on a regular basis. On a typical day, Naima comes to the laboratory to work on an experiment and then analyzes previously collected data. Throughout the day she also attends classes and seminars and interacts with professors and other students. To do the work that Naima does, it is important to have passion and to pay attention to details. According to Naima, science is challenging and most experiments do not result in scientific breakthroughs. Nonetheless, Naima loves her career. She loves the freedom she has to pursue hard scientific questions. Her favorite part of her job is doing lab work, working with the large NMR spectrometers, data analysis, and interacting with great people all day.