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Deborah Johnson
Lab Technician
Stanford University-Hopkins Marine Station

Deborah Johnson

Deborah received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Utah.  Deborah now works as a Lab Technician at Stanford University’s Marine Research Center- Hopkins Marine Station where she is preparing for post- graduate studies.  She supports many research projects including preparing coral samples for whole genome sequencing.  She enjoys working at a marine sanctuary where on any given day she gets to see harbor seals, elephant seals, brown pelicans, sea otters, risso dolphins, grey whales, and diverse tidal organisms.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
Joining my Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program lab was one of the best decisions I made as an undergraduate.  While I was in that lab, I learned many new techniques, honed old skills, helped contribute to an exhibit at the UMNH, and attended the Evolution 2012 Conference.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Get involved in research.  I was fortunate enough to have over five years of lab experience when I graduated from the University of Utah.  My position at HMS had many applicants, but because I had worked in a variety of labs, I secured the position.  

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
I am proud of graduating from the University of Utah with two degrees.   While pursuing two disparate majors put off post-graduate work for a couple of years, the extra time permitted me to enjoy the opportunities available to undergraduates.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests? 

I enjoy biking, reading, game nights, and most recently, tide pooling. I am volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (of the Seafood Watch fame), training to become a museum guide, and looking into options for post-graduate study.


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