Female faculty are well represented in my department and field.
Teaching and interacting with students. Designing experiments to answer questions that no one knows the answer to is pretty cool too.
We are using molecular genetics to dissect plant environmental response. Basically we want to identify genes that help plants respond optimally to light, heat, drought, or UV stress.
Students can progress from these studies to academics or industry in a number of areas: agriculture, plant or animal development, or medicine, since similar tools are used in all these fields.
Female faculty are well represented in my department and field and my lab is currently primarily female.
My lab has had, and continues to have, students from all over the world.
I would tell them to follow their passion
My post doctoral supervisor, Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute, is a brilliant and successful scientist and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar. My former head, Judy Anderson, is diplomatic, productive, able to balance research and administration, and has been empathetic and supportive over the course of my career.