The subject of today’s interview, Kyla Pulos, is one of the few people I’ve known in my life who’s always seemed to know what they want to be. Sure, she dabbled in journalism, she considered pursuing a medical degree, but at the heart of all of that was a researcher. You will see what I mean when you read her Black Perspective.
Introducing: Kyla Pulos
SSD: Jumping right in, tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.
KP: I would describe myself as a scientist at my core — a person who studies a subject, identifies variables, designs tests, performs experiments, collects data, analyzes data, and shares results with interested peers for discussion and [a] better understanding of the subject and/or variable(s) being studied.
I unconsciously use the scientific method in all aspects of my life – from finding my new favorite thing, to figuring out best practices for managing projects. As a researcher, I am able to transfer this into a profession.
SSD: What inspired you to get into the field of Research?
KP: My inspiration arose from pure curiosity about the world around us. I have always been inquisitive, even as a child. After working in a preclinical research lab in college, I was fascinated by the utilization of the scientific method. I began using this method in all facets of my life, and it became a natural progression to move into clinical research thereafter.
SSD: What courses should a person in college focus on, or what technical training outside of college should they take – if they wanted to do what you do?
KP: Basic biology and chemistry are key foundations of education on this subject. In addition, hands-on training as a clinical trial assistant or a laboratory technician will provide a better perspective of the work involved in data collection and integrity.
SSD: What’s a tip that you’d give someone who sees you, is inspired, and wants to follow in your footsteps?
KP: Get your foot in the door – research is fluid so there are tons of positions involved in making new discoveries. Enjoy reading every day. Never stop learning and ask the big questions.