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Jocelyn Martin-Science of Marriage

I think you will be truly inspired by Jocelyn.  She is not only beautiful on the outside she is beautiful on the inside.  She is intelligent to boot.  I found Jocelyn from a design website and found her posts on 365 Reasons Why Married My Husband Series.  It must say it brought me to tears.  It let me know all the things God said I needed in a husband. 

What do you want my readers to know about you the woman behind the bench?

My name is Jocelyn Martin (Galloway-maiden). I was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. I graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in the Interdepartmental Program in Cell and Molecular Biology. My Ph.D. thesis work focuses on characterizing mouse models of Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).

Besides that, I’m a Christian, I love my husband and I blog about Christian marriage at Science of Marriage Blog.
How can we find more about what you do?

If you are interested in my work you can find links below to work that I’ve published in scholarly, scientific journals:

If you are interested in reading my blog I have some great series that I’ve started such as 365 Reasons I Married My Husband and Letter to My Unborn Children.

What inspired you to pursue a career in science? How did you get started?

When I was 19 years old I underwent a unilateral oophorectomy to remove an ovary with a large tumor that ended up being borderline malignant (having cancerous nodules). While I the doctors were able to remove the entire tumor and I did not have to undergo any radiation or chemotherapy, I began to think a lot about my family medical history as well as possible genetic and environmental factors that could have led to this condition at such an early age. I was also very interested in how scientists were able to test potential drugs and other therapies that would someday reach patients and potentially cure disease. Following my recovery from surgery I returned to college and immediately began looking into programs within my department as well as outside of my institution that gave me an opportunity to participate in basic science research. I spent 3 years in the Minorities Access to Research Careers

(MARC) program as well as participated in summer research opportunities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience program. I did everything I could to expose myself to the scientific community and even presented my work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABCRMS) and Beta Kappa Chi conferences.
What was the most difficult part of being a scientist?

The most difficult part of being a scientist is adjusting to and moving past failure. Research is definitely called “research” and not “search” for a reason. As a scientist I have the opportunity to design experiments that may answer important questions about how a cell, animal or human responds to a given situation such as loss of a particular gene. However, more often than not, as smart as scientists think they are, sometimes the experiments just don’t work or they don’t give you an answer that you can easily interpret. Any scientist will tell you, there are many more failures in science than there are successes. For me personally, science definitely makes me a more humble person and gives me a profound respect for God’s creativity and scientific genius.
What does a typical workday look like for you in a laboratory?

The first thing I do everyday is check emails. I’m typically looking for list serve notices of interesting scientific seminars that might be taking place that day or sometime that week. Next, I start doing experiments that I’ve planned for the day which can take several hours of hands on work. I study mice so I will typically go to the facility where we house our animal models of disease and do behavioral experiments and sometimes husbandry tasks like weaning mice and setting up new mating cages between animals of various genetic backgrounds we wish to study. I spend the later part of my day updating my laboratory notebook (it’s important to keep good notes), planning the next day’s experiments and reading new scientific literature. I also spend some of my day bouncing ideas for experiments off of the members of my laboratory during coffee and lunch breaks. I start work around 8am each day and if I am diligent about using my time productively, I can be on my way home daily by about 6pm. There are some days however that the experiments require you to do a time course which means that you may have to come in at odd hours (middle of the night) to collect samples. But a scientist who is plagued by the question their experiment could potentially answer is happy to wake up at 2 AM to come in to work….no, I’m serious!  
What do you count as your reigning achievement in science thus far?

My boss nominated me for the Fragile X Young Investigator Award a few years back. As a result I was chosen as a recipient and asked to attend the National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) International Fragile X Conference. I presented my work in the area of FXTAS not only to members of the scientific community, but also to the families affected by FXTAS. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with the very individuals that my work sets out to help. That opportunity caused me to want to work harder and smarter to find some type of relief for these patients. Most of all it caused me to stop reflecting so much on my own problems and be reminded that my life could be as difficult as it is for these patients. The patients remind me that even when I am tired, discouraged and ready to give up, they are relying on scientist for answers.  
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

By God’s grace alone I will be graduating in May of 2012 with my Ph.D. I am going to pursue a postdoctoral research position and hopefully participate in even more exciting research. Following that I hope to eventually have a career in science policy focusing on issues of health care and environmental monitoring. I definitely want to take my writing more seriously as well. In my spare time I like to write short stores that I hope to have published someday.
What do you think your success or inspiration for other would be?

If anyone looks up to me for any reason, I hope it has nothing to do with my academic/research career. While I love what I do, for me my career is not a measure of my personal success. I feel that success happens when people can see the heart of you. I want to inspire people by being a woman who loves and fears the Lord, who loves her husband and who desires to serve God.

What is the best piece of advice you would give my readers?

Wow, that’s a hard one! I’d say the best piece of advice I could give is one that I borrow from my good friend who says, “Life doesn’t give refunds so make sure you get what you paid for.” Basically what this means is that you can’t get back time wasted and it not productive to live with regrets. Go out there and make the best of your life!



Chrysta @ said...

What a fun interview! Thanks for the great questions, and equally interesting answers from Jocelyn.

If I had the economic opportunity to do so, I would have become a scientist after graduating high school. It was my dream in high school to get a Bachelor's in Biology. Alas, life had a different path in mind for me and I'm happy with where I ended up.

Have a grateful day!


Lifewithpurpose said...

Chrysta, Jocelyn is pretty great. I love that she is all brainy and then all nice. I love biology, too.

It is never to late to follow that dream. However I totally understand. Maybe God has set on a new path in life and you are where you are supoosed to be.

Jocelyn said...

Wow! So excited to be a part of Women Game Changers!!!!

ManWifeDog said...

Yay for you Jocelyn...mine's coming soon. You just got me excited about it all over again!

Lifewithpurpose said...

Jocelyn thanks you so much for your particpation! We have alot of people read the story!

Actually ManWifeDog yours will be Tuesday. You ladies are so lovely.

Nylse said...

I knew you were a smart cookie! all that scientific mumbo jumbo made my head spin
I'm proud of you!
PS - my son currently attends Hampton and graduates 2012.

Jocelyn said...

@ManWifeDog Can't wait to read it!!!

@Nylse Wow congratulations! Pirate pride!!!

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