FEBRUARY 11, 2020 — If you summarize the past 10 years of Carol Chase’s life, it sounds something like this: Chase graduates from Brigham Young University—Hawaii, serves a church mission in Canada, works as a lab technician at Pioneer Flour Mills, earns her M.S. at UTSA, begins her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology at UTSA, gives birth to a son and continues her doctoral work.
“My path to getting here was not very direct,” Chase laughed. “I was a gravy and flour tester. It was a good job and paid well and had good benefits, but I wanted to do something more and do more research.”
Chase discovered her passion for immunology while volunteering in an autoimmunity lab. Now a Ph.D. candidate, Chase is looking for blood biomarkers to monitor the progression of multiple sclerosis.
“Most people can spend the majority of their life in what you would call remission with little symptoms. They are always at risk of having a relapse,” Chase explained. “There are no medical tests for that and no way of monitoring that. I’m trying to find proteins in the blood that you can test in patients that will give you an idea if they are going to have a relapse and if their disease is progressing or getting worse.”
Chase hopes that her findings will help MS patients experience a better quality of life. “I always tell my mom, ‘This is important and someone has to do it,’” she said. “And I want to do it.”
Her son Teddy was born during Chase’s second year in the program. “I remember being up at 3 a.m. with a crying baby and then having to do a presentation that morning,” she said.
During the particularly difficult days, Chase considered leaving for a less demanding job. “I would look at the other people and think, I don’t fit in anymore,” she remembered. “But I worked through it. I love what I’m doing and I think it’s important. I just kept showing up and doing it.”
Chase said she’s grateful for the support of UTSA’s RISE community, a federally funded program that provides financial and professional development support for underrepresented students. “They gave me a community that I belong to,” she said. “When I didn’t necessarily feel like I fit in that well, I always fit in there.”
With the end of her doctoral journey in sight, Chase is looking forward to a future in immunology research. Her dream is to work at the National Institutes of Health.
“I want to become someone that my son would be proud of and look up to, which sometimes means making sacrifices and doing difficult things so he can see that education is important, serving other people is important, and it’s worth making those sacrifices,” she said.
Join Leadership and Volunteer Service on Friday, January 21st for plant installation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Please meet at the North Paseo Building near the VIA Bus Stop.Main Campus
Stalking 101 will help students, faculty, and staff to recognize stalking (Know it), understand the different ways stalking affects victims (Name it), and how to help someone who may be affected by it (Stop it). This is BYOB--Bring your own brown bag lunch event, so bring your lunch and learn about stalking.Wellbeing Service Meeting Room, RWC 1.806, Main Campus
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This session will begin with a brief introduction and overview of the NSF CAREER program followed by audience Q&A with past NSF CAREER awardees.Virtual Event
Career Conversations are informal virtual networking events on Thursday evenings between graduate business students and company representatives.Virtual Event
Session for faculty on how to develop strong outreach and education components to meet NSF’s broader impacts requirements. (Note that the emphasis will not be on education components for NSF CAREER proposals, which are covered in an on-demand NSF CAREER webinar also available to UTSA faculty.)Virtual Event
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