CAMBRIDGE, MA – Eva Tsaousidou is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Metabolism at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She noted that reading about “how scientists in Scotland cloned the first-ever mammal, Dolly the sheep,” had changed her life, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health News reported online on July 10.
Tsaousidou told the News, “This was so fascinating to me. It made me want to be part of creating new knowledge in genetics.”
She also recently shared the story with high school students from Greece, “her home country, through a platform called 100 Mentors that connects scientists virtually to students all over the world,” the news reported, adding that “she created a profile on the platform in late 2019 and, in early 2020, got a request from Othisi High School in Athens to talk to groups of students.”
The online lectures took place in February and March of this year and Tsaousidou “told the students about her research into the connections between obesity, metabolism, and cancer.”
“They found it fascinating,” said Tsaousidou, the News reported. “They never thought those two things could overlap. But I told them that in biology and in life, everything is connected, like rings of a chain, and if somehow one thing breaks or doesn’t work well, another thing can be affected.”
Tsaousidou said that “the students were excited to learn about her work, and the school’s newspaper profiled her in June,” the News reported.
“The students don’t have a lot of examples of scientists in their life, so they had lots of big questions,” she told the News, adding that “one of their questions surprised her - they asked if scientists were able to create human babies in the lab.”
“I was like, OK, guys - no!” Tsaousidou told the News, “I told them that wasn’t ethical and that scientists have strict regulations.”
She was also honest about the demands of the job, “The working hours aren’t 9 to 5, but I told them it’s very exciting, and every day there is something new and different. And you get a chance to work on things no one has worked on before,” the News reported.