Behind the Test Tube: Q&A

Erica Craddock—Graduate Student, Knowles Lab

A poster featuring the person's image and the answer to two profile questions.

Where is home/where did you grow up?

St. Paul, Minnesota.

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?

I grew up in a family full of geologists, so we frequently hiked and vocabulary such as “garnet” and “petrology” were often thrown around in conversation. When I was in high school, I was out hiking with my family in the Mohave Desert, and I had just learned about naming chemical compounds in chemistry class. It all clicked for me when I learned the mineral gypsum is also known as calcium sulfate because I could use chemistry to describe the natural world right in front of me. And I haven’t stopped since! 

What do you like to do when not in the department?


Ask me about…

Books, rocks, traveling and my cat. I love dogs too! 

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