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Chat with a Scientist - March 2021



FREE Event

Chat with a Scientist - March 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT


Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


The New York Academy of Sciences invites NYC students to a virtual series called Chat with a Scientist, which spotlights the diversity of STEM professionals and their careers, and creates a casual space where youth can engage with and learn from real scientists.

Each Chat with a Scientist event will last for 60 minutes and feature 2 scientists who will have the opportunity to talk about their paths into science, the work they currently do and, most importantly, answer questions directly from participants. Our goal is to provide young people with relatable role models, raise awareness of the breadth of STEM careers, and spark a lifelong love of science.

These events are geared towards NYC middle school students and families, though all are welcome to join.

In this month's event, you’ll meet two scientists and hear about their work in the pharmaceutical industry, and how research with cells and animals can lead to the development of drugs to treat human diseases.

Who You'll Meet:

Jian An

Jian An, PhD

Senior Scientist, Pfizer

  • Hometown:  I am originally from a small city called Deyang in Sichuan Province, China (which is also the hometown of the lovely Panda).
  • Your current job: Senior Scientist at Rare Disease Research Unit of Pfizer. I am working on assay developing, target validation about repeat expansion diseases.
  • Why you love science: I love science because science is cool and it really makes the life better.
  • Where did you go to school? I attended the Sichuan University for my undergraduate studies in biology. Next, I moved to Fudan University, Shanghai to complete my graduate studies, under direction of Prof. Long Yu working on E3 ligase biological function in liver cancer.
  • Surprising fact(s) about yourself: I practice calligraphy in leisure time. I would like to meet Laozi, if I have chance to meet any person in the history. Every time I get the chance to stop by the art museum, I get inspired.
Cyndi Pinkus

Cyndi Pinkus

Scientist, Pfizer

  • Hometown : Thornton, IL (southeast suburb of Chicago)
  • Your current job: I am a Scientist in the Internal Medicine Research Unit doing early drug discovery work on multiple diseases. I work both in the vivarium with the lab animals and in the lab processing samples to find new targets to treat diseases like heart failure and cachexia.
  • Why you love science: I love science because there is always more to learn. My background is in animal behavior, but with Pfizer I have really enjoyed learning more about the human body and how it works. Helping to find cures to diseases is very rewarding work and I love doing it!
  • Where did you go to school? I received a BA in psychobiology from Ripon College in Wisconsin and I’m currently working on completing my MBA certificate from Babson College. I also have my LATG certification, the highest lab animal technician accreditation from American Association of Lab Animal Science (AALAS).
  • Favorite activities/hobbies outside of work: I love to snuggle my two cats every day after work. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and I love to spend as much time as I can traveling the world. My favorite trip was my semester abroad in Africa studying giraffes in Tanzania while living out of a tent.