2023 Alumni Interviews- Dr. LeRoy Robinson and Dr. Cathy Samayoa

Dr. LeRoy Robinson has been an active volunteer of CT JSHS for many years. Currently, he serves as a senior medical science liaison at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Dr. Samayoa also works at San Francisco State University as an assistant professor of biology, where she performs transdisciplinary health equity research. Her research is focused around biomarkers of stress, premature aging, and resilience. Dr. Robinson and Dr. Samayoa met through a masters program at SFSU as NIH Bridge Fellows and have been colleagues since.

Questions asked:

  1. How did you decide to pursue a career in scientific research?
  2. What made you focus on health equity research?
  3. What is your favorite part about being a professor?
  4. Can you speak to the skills/qualities needed in someone to succeed in this field?
  5. What are some things that surprised you about becoming a professor/researcher?
  6. Are there any words of advice you’d like to give to anyone who wants a career like you?

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