Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Renaissance School of Medicine
Carol is the reason I became a scientist! I returned to school after life as an English major because I wanted to become a medical doctor, but decided to see what doing research would be like. Under Carol’s mentorship, I fell head over heels in love with research. She pushed me harder intellectually than I had ever been pushed, and encouraged me to put in the effort. She listened to my ideas. She made me a more organized and articulate thinker and communicator. She built my confidence.
Because of Carol, I went on to complete a basic research PhD and a postdoc in virology, expertise I then used for many years in patent law. Now, I am a biology and research teacher at The Bronx High School of Science, led by the desire to give back and maybe pass on some of the wisdom that’s been entrusted to me. I still hear Carol’s brilliant research and writing advice (and advice on giving a good talk!) as I advise my students on the beginning of their own research paths.
– Tracy LaGrassa