Genetics Now, Pediatric Cardiologist in Future

Karen Ortiz is from Alamosa, Colorado and attends the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Ortiz is currently working with Michelle Graham, agronomy assistant professor, and Jamie O‘Rourke, a plant pathology and microbiology adjunct professor, researching soybean and phosphorous genetics. Although Ortiz has hopes of becoming a pediatric cardiologist she said the experience has reaffirmed her passion for research. Ortiz hopes to pursue her master’s and doctorate degrees after graduating in 2019.

What is the most interesting part of your research?
“I find everything very exciting in my work. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.”

What advice do you have for someone who has a passion for science?
“Never give up. There will be many times that you will face obstacles, but it is a rewarding field. Also, never take, “no” for an answer because where there is passion, there is determination.”

Who is your role model and why?
“My mom is my role model because she has shown me that even though I may fall down, I can always get up and try again. She also taught me to be mindful of my accomplishments, remember that everything is possible and to just have faith.”

What is something you’d like to scratch off of your bucket list?
“Hug a panda.”