LINDA LARA-JACOBO

MEXICO and CANADA

'I am originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (Kumeyaay Land), now living in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (Mississauga Land). I am the eldest sister in a family of two daughters. I was born and raised in a family of scientists, where research, curiosity, and science were the main pillars of the family. My mother, a scientist and an expert in organic chemistry and education, gave me my first microscope when I was 4 years old and prepared slides to observe and learn about cells. My father, a toxicologist, took the whole family on expeditions to look for fossils. I grew up learning about science and the love and passion for this way of life. I studied science because I am passionate about helping and solving mysteries. I am a fervent believer that science is about solving society's problems and helping people. I am now a toxicologist studying the effects of environmental health and I love it!