January 14 Interview
Boone, Microbiology Research Technician
Conducted by Alison
Sipe, Graduate Student,
University of Delaware College of Marine Studies
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Favorite musical groups: Arturo Sandoval; Latin Jazz
Favorite movie: Gone With the Wind
Hobbies: Rafting, hiking, golf, quilting, painting
with water colors
General job description: Laboratory work includes
isolating, and characterizing hyperthermophilic bacteria.
extracts DNA from the bacteria and sequences the genes.
How did you choose your current occupation?
Jane has had about 18
different jobs during her life. She worked in veterinary
as a medical technician at a hospital, and went on to teach
laboratory course in Canada. She went into research
when she had a child
because the work hours were best for juggling motherhood
and a career. At
one point, Jane also owned her own business in food microbiology.
returned to research and currently is working in a microbiology
Portland State University.
Best aspect of job: The ever-changing problems encountered
There are a million things to do, so she never is bored.
and trying to learn more about science is exciting.
Worst aspect of job: The job of characterizing hyperthermophilic
is time consuming and requires long hours, including working
midnight and sometimes on weekends.
How many days/year do you spend at sea? This
is her first time at sea on
a research cruise,10 days at sea so far this year.
She hopes to do more
research cruises in the future.
Whats next? More travel!