Blog Challenge #2 - Breeanna Mintmier
(Interviewed by: Sarine McKenzie)
- Where are you from?
- How old are you?
- What are your career goals?
- Why did you choose Duquesne?
- What are you currently working on?
- When did you realize that you wanted to be a chemist?
- If you decided that you didn't want to pursue a career in Chemistry anymore, what would you do?
- Do you have any hobbies?
- How many days a week do you work in your lab, or study?
- Does this subject come easily for you?
Breeanna Mintmier was born on February 3, 1991. She’s from Indiana, Pennsylvania, and she’s a graduate student completing her third year at Duquesne University. Breeanna works under Dr. Partha Basu in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, where she is currently working on a molecular cloning project. Her project consists of manipulating DNA in order to express her target protein, when and how she’d like. On average, Breeanna works about ten to twelve hours per day, and even more when she works at home. Breeanna admits that in her project, the protocols are simple, but making it work is more difficult and frustrating.
Originally, Breeanna didn’t think that she would be pursuing a career in Chemistry. She was in Pre-Med, studying to become a doctor. It was her Chemistry teacher at IUP that inspired her to become a chemist. She got involved in undergraduate research and working in labs. Breeanna decided on coming to Duquesne University after finding out about its small campus, its friendly, family-like departments, and its closeness to home. She says she enjoys studying Chemistry, and there’s nothing that comes to mind that she’d rather be doing. In her free time, she enjoys playing videogames, reading, and is an avid Lego-builder. Her goal for the future is to work at a national lab or industry.