Paige Halas

Degrees

Ph.D., Physiology and Biophysics, UC Irvine, Expected 2025
M.S., Biotechnology, UC Irvine, 2019
B.A., Chemistry (Biochemistry Track), Willamette University, 2017

Research

My project seeks to understand the metabolic mechanisms that drive metastasis in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Biography

With East Coast roots and California leaves, Paige took her love of science to Oregon where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Willamette University. After four years of living in the rain, Paige moved to SoCal for a sunnier graduate education experience. She completed her Master's in Biotechnology at UC Irvine where she studied mechanisms to make mosquitoes resistant to carrying malaria. Having industry internship opportunities during her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, Paige decided to delve deeper into her interest in oncology. Paige is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics at UC Irvine. Her project studies how Triple Negative Breast Cancer cells change when they move from the primary tumor to another position in the body during metastasis. When not in the lab or writing for LDOS, Paige can be found at a cycling or yoga class, playing golf, or relaxing beachside!

Why is science communication important to you?

I strongly believe that science is meant to be shared! Scientific literature is challenging to understand, even for other scientists! Science communication is important to me because it is critical to share our science with one another, whether we are in the field or not! Science holds a stigma for being "too hard" or "unlearnable", but I think scientific communication breaks these conceptions! It allows for everyone to learn any field of science in a digestible manner that helps us understand our world around us. And I am honored to play a role in the contribution to this change!

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