“It was a tremendous honour to have won the Killam Prize for Natural Sciences. Knowing what I know now about how many interesting problems there are to solve and how there’s so much work to be done, I wish I hadn’t agonized over it so much when I was younger, and wondered, ‘is this for me? Do I belong?’ I wish I had taken all that emotional energy and put it towards the science, which I eventually did.
I see young girls who just can’t picture themselves in that role of the scientist, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I think that cultural biases have pushed people in directions that actually might not be where their talents lie. I think there’s untapped potential for women in science.”