She’s gonna change the world:
Shaheen is a Postdoctoral Scholar working at the Innovative Genomics Initiative and focusing on CRISPR, a hot new tech that changes the face of scientific research. These tools will help study the causes of debilitating human diseases, and can maybe one day be used for potential therapeutics.
Was there a moment that made you realize that you wanted to be a scientist?
Honestly, my career is comprised of serendipitous coincidences. I wanted to live in New York, so I paid the bills by working in a lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Fell in love with basic science research, so hopped across the street to Rockefeller University for my PhD. Got a husband along with a degree and decided it was time for us to explore the west coast after 10 years in New York, so we found brilliant labs doing exciting research, and here I am. Although, sometimes I still wonder what I want to be when I grow up.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Ha! Didn’t know this was coming next. Well, the first thing I ever wanted to be was an air hostess — yes that’s what they were called back then, at the risk of dating myself. Before you judge, consider what the immaculately dressed team flying the skies looked like to a 12-year old who wanted to travel the world. Until I took a 15-hour flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles… that quickly changed my mind.
What’s your Friday night makeup go-to?
After a long week at work, not much. Bronzer for some cheek definition. Eyeliner and mascara to up the eye-contact ante. And a bright lip for some playful fun.
If you could pack up and start fresh in a brand new country, where would you go?
Singapore! For the weather, and proximity to my family. Or Paris! Because c’mon, Paris. (And because that’s where my husband is from.)
Paperback or eBook? And what’s the best book you’ve recently read?
Paperback!!! Old school on this one, there’s just something about turning a page, just like crossing a line off your to-do list. Born to Run, it’s a couple of years old, but it’ll leave you torn between whether to keep reading or head out for a run.