AMY 'PARKER' PARKER
program manager | center for microbiome sciences & therapeutics (CMiST)
Special projects coordinator | depaolo lab
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1999
The French Pastry School, Chicago, IL
Certificate L'Art de la Patisserier,Winter 2010
What is the best thing about where you grew up?
It’s hard to narrow down the "best thing" about growing up in Washington, DC, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the National Zoo. It’s a great little zoo right smack in the middle of my favorite part of town. And it’s free! You can wander in for just half an hour and see your favorite exhibit (the sea lions!) or you can wander around all day and say hello to everyone. My favorite high school cross country workout was through the flats of Rock Creek Park and then up, up, up the big hill through the zoo to Connecticut Ave at which point you fly down the gentle hill back to school...ah the zoo loop, I used to love it.
When you’re not in the lab, what are you doing?
Swimming. Currently, I swim with the Mercer Island Redwoods masters team, though I compete with Rose Bowl Masters (based in Pasadena, CA). My day cannot begin without morning laps and a post workout hot tub!
What skill would you most like to develop for the zombie apocalypse?
Tracking. For food and / or to find people I’ve (inevitably) been separated from.
What do you enjoy most about working in DePaolo Lab?
Working along side all of these very science-y people, who I learn a lot from, and combing that with my artistic talents and marketing skills.
What is the most important message you've gotten from your gut vibes?
Years ago I wanted to pick up and move to Boston. I wanted to live somewhere else and Boston was only town where I knew a few people. And, of course, it's not too far from home. Not only was moving without a job a little scary, but there were some important things going on in DC that I didn't want to leave behind. It was a difficult decision, but I knew I had to go. My "gut vibes" that told me it was the right move, and that if I didn't go then, I never would. I think that one move was what gave me the courage to always keeping moving and never get (too) stuck.