Hi, my name is Chelsie Boodoo. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry from Florida International University (FIU). I moved to East Lansing, Michigan to go to Michigan State University (MSU). When I moved to MSU, I started working in a research lab with Dr. Christina Chan, where I learned how to tissue culture bladder smooth muscle cells. I study what happens when the bladder is overstretched because people cannot feel when they need to void their bladder.

I am curious what happens to the extracellular matrix and the metabolism of the cells after they are stretched. After my Ph.D. I am interested in pursuing a career in science communication. I love learning about the different ways to get people involved in science and helping them understand so that they feel more comfortable with science. Science communication has helped me in many ways. For example, I won the best poster award at the 2019 MSU Engineering Symposium in Food Safety, Health, and Biomechanics because of my ability to explain my research clearly.

I want to spread knowledge in the different realms of science communication which is why I founded the student organization MSU SciComm. The different domains we focus on are science: writing, speaking art and policy. I love being the President and Founder of this organization because many students have learned about another area of science that they were not aware of beforehand and networked with people outside of their field.

Through the Council of Graduate Student (COGS) I was given the opportunity to help found and co-host a radio show at Impact 89FM called The Sci-Files, where I interview different graduate students on their research on Sunday’s at 9:00 am on Impact 89 FM.