Maria Villegas Torres talking about her career
14 Dec 2011
Who or what first stimulated your interest in science? And how old were you?
I have been interested in science since a very early age. I remember that one of my favourite toys when I was 6 was a microscope that I used to look at rain water, paper, and different things.
Do you have a science hero?
My science hero is Craig Venter, as he manages to make real all those crazy ideas that in general have helped to develop cutting edge molecular biology techniques.
Why did you decide to pursue a science career?
Because I felt passionate about it, and it was clear for me that I prefer to wake up every morning loving what I do.
What attracted you to your degree course(s)?
Being able to take scientific knowledge into an industrial reality.
How would you persuade young people that science offers interesting and worthwhile career opportunities?
The best way is to involve them. Show them what it entails and what can be achieved on a daily basis.
How did you come to join SCI and why?
My supervisor suggested it to me, and I think it’s important to be able to meet people with similar interest. Additionally, it offers great opportunities, such as travel bursaries.
Is SCI helping you develop your career and how?
Definitively, especially now with this travel bursary.
Is there more that SCI could do to help you and others developing careers in science?
Increase the travel bursaries, support small research interchange with other universities, and perform social events in order to bring together its members.
If you could do one thing to improve the image of science what would it be?
Develop the biotechnology field in Colombia.
Where do you hope your career will take you in 5 years time?
To start my own biotechnology company in Colombia.
You can connect with SCI members who are in a similar field to Maria, through the SCI Members' Directory.