Behind the Test Tube: Q&A

Karla Rosalía Sánchez Liévanos—Graduate Student, Knowles Group

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Where is home/Where did you grow up?

Oaxtepec, Mexico

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?

My grandfather (from my dad side) passed away before I was born. He was a Metallurgical Engineer and he left plenty of books on the subject, most of them on materials and metals chemistry. The books were there and I was a curious child... It was a matter of time.

Proudest accomplishment while at the University of Rochester?

The opportunity to collaborate and mix with a bunch of talented people from all parts of the world. Learning about them and their cultures has been quite an eye opening experience. Being friends with them, well, that's a rain of flowers.

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

Explore NYS Parks with my soulmate! 52/215... yeah, still many more to see.

A Rochester must?

Zoar Valley. Check out the Native American myths and legends on that place. It can get spooky!

An inspiring book/movie /show? We are really curious as to why!

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I don't want to spoil it, so go and give it a read. For me, it was a life changer.

A holiday that rocks? Care to tell us why?

Obviously ''The day of the dead''!

Fun fact or quote:

''The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot'' Michael Altshuler.

Ask me about…

Dizzy Gillespie!



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