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Amy Weil

“All of those small little steps walked me towards the right place. Even if they weren’t necessarily straight steps, they still pushed me in the right direction.”

Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

Chemical Biology, PhD 2013

Global Medical Information Scientist at Merck

Amy‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss what led Amy to pursue a PhD in chemical biology at Johns Hopkins, how she combined her love of both science and writing to carve out a career in medical communication and education, and her advice for trusting yourself and following your own path.

Learn More About Amy‘s Story

You can take the girl out of Philly (suburbs), but you can’t take the Philly out of the girl. Here I am in Zürich, Switzerland during its triannual Züri Fäscht, eating a Bavarian pretzel while wearing a Philly soft pretzel necklace. This was my first ever visit to Europe, made possible by a scientific conference and funding from an F32 NIH postdoctoral fellowship. This fall I’ll be headed back to Europe to staff a medical information booth for the pharmaceutical company I currently work at. I am grateful for all that science brings to my life—including travel!

These two nuggets are my greatest treasures. They may look like twins, but they are 22 months apart. This was taken a few years ago (they are now 4 and almost 6), but the joy these two have when playing together is just priceless! Both kids were born with a specific congenital heart defect, which is presumed to be genetic. These brave heart warriors have each undergone reparative surgery and are now thriving. Because of all the extra doctors, these kiddos have a special love of anatomy and physiology. My daughter even requested an intestine loop birthday cake (we are opting for a standard ice cream cake instead, for the sake of the guests). Since my husband and I are both Hopkins science PhDs, I like to think our education positively impacts them as well.