Dr. Jin Montclare is an Associate Professor in NYU-Tandon’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and she heads the Montclare Lab for protein engineering and molecular design. She and her team develop solutions ranging from better drug delivery systems in treating disorders to improved materials for nanoelectronics. How did she get here? A combination of curiosity, hard work, having her interests encouraged by mentors, and of course, overcoming her obstacles.
Here is some advice Dr. Montclare has for young women pursuing careers in STEM.
- Form your own path by meshing multiple worlds together.
- Seek mentors: surround yourself with people you would like to learn from. Find those people in your sphere who are doing the coolest things. If there’s a problem you don’t know how to solve, find people who can help.
- View life as a continuum of learning and failure as a step in learning, not as the opposite of success.
- When it comes to naysayers, have selective hearing. Tune down those who say you can’t do it, and tune up those who say you can. Consult your colleagues, mentors, and supporters, and continue to work towards your goals.
- Take the time to give back to your community.
From her keynote “My STEM Pathway towards Building Artificial Proteins” at FlyTechnista’s STEAMnista Summit.