Staff Spotlight: Barbara Hopkins, Ph.D.
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Why did you decide to get into the medical field, specifically research?
My parents are both medical professionals (MD and nurse), so I grew up around the medical field. But while I saw what it was like treating illness from the clinical side of things, I was more interested in how those treatments were developed. I’ve always loved science and research, so it seemed natural to focus that love towards medical research so that my work can not only expand understanding of a phenomenon, but maybe make a difference.
What made you want to work for the Ivy Brain Tumor Center?
When I read the mission statement for the Ivy Center, how it was blending bench science and clinical work in order to fast track new therapies, I knew I wanted to be part of it. My background is in basic science, and while I still love that and find it interesting, I wanted to branch out. I wanted to see the real world impact of what I am working on. Ivy is doing that.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Honestly, the people I work with. They are some of the most driven, and dedicated people I’ve worked with. And they’re just all around fun, great people.
What keeps you motivated when dealing with such a complex disease?
The fact that it’s an indiscriminate disease, the fact that it can strike anyone and anytime, and that treatments and prognoses have plateaued. There is a breakthrough out there, there are answers out there, and someone is going to be the one to discover them. So why not us? Why not Ivy?