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Real STEM Stories

Who powers the science that powers our world? It’s not just the kind of scientists you see in popular media; it’s all of us!

Alexandra Rios Diaz

Research Associate in Gene Therapeutic Research at Bio-Techne

“I gravitated more towards chemistry when I was in college and would procrastinate on all my other work by doing chemistry. That’s when I knew.” 

Being the first in her family to go to college was a mix of inspiration and pressure for Alex, but now growing cells, navigating complicated regulations, and busting stereotypes in a male-dominated field are all part of a day’s work in her STEM career. 

“Being a good scientist, to me, means having passion in your work. As daunting as some of the science fields seem, as long as you just stick to it, and if that’s really what you want to do, you’ll come out in the end.”