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Entry DateApril 2, 2021
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NameSelenia Rubio
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

I will be assisting Dr. Ellen Louise Terry, Dr. Keesha Roach, and Dr. Staja Booker with their research projects. Consequently, I will be learning new techniques for assessing pain and obtaining a deeper understanding of chronic pain mechanisms.

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

My goals are to learn as much as possible about chronic pain and inflammation through my new role as a Research Assistant. Then, once I lay a strong foundation in these topics, through research training and mentorship, I aspire to become an independent Research Investigator in Chronic Pain and Inflammation.

5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, and my latest hobby, embroidery. The latter I acquired as a way to cope with the stress and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

Yes. I suffered from a chronic pain condition for many years, and it negatively impacted my life at various levels. Once I finished Medical School, I wanted to find a career path that would allow me to help other people with similar health conditions. My goal then became to turn my negative experience into a positive one. I wanted to render my perspective of experiencing chronic pain and inflammation as a patient and the knowledge gained through Medical School, to ultimately benefit others who suffer from similar health conditions by finding an effective treatment or cure. Becoming a staff member of the UF PRICE will help me achieve just that.