The Power List 2021 – Power List
Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
What is your proudest professional achievement?
Seeing our mentees excel and contribute in meaningful ways to science and to society in general.
Outside of work, what makes you happy?
I am very happy to create culinary occasions because that often means the gathering of friends and family to share in joy and laughter. Such events will also facilitate the camaraderie among our colleagues and to better understand each other for more fruitful collaborations.
What can be done to make the field more diverse?
We should remain open in accepting and actively promoting as diverse a pool of colleagues as possible starting from early training through the higher leadership levels of our academic and community organizations. We should be diverse in our science, and the diversity in our workplace will result in a much better product as work is considered from many different perspectives. Creating role models who look like them for the younger folks, especially those in training, would go a long way in promoting diversity.