“ I’ve always been interested in health and have understood that genetics don’t work in a vacuum,” Fuller said. “You may be predisposed or primed for some disease based on genetic variants you have. But your sociocultural and physical environment also play a large part in your health and I wanted to be able to incorporate all of that in my research.”
Fuller stated that one of the most rewarding parts of her career has been being able to share her research with people outside of academia.
“ I’ve loved explaining it to my friends who aren’t involved in research; to audiences who aren’t geneticists so they can see the value in what we do here,” Fuller said. “ I’ve presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) and by incorporating genetics into an anthropological framework, using sociocultural data, I feel like I really added a lot into the conversation about the factors that influence disease risk in populations.”
After being in the G&G program for five years, Fuller said that she is grateful for all the support she’s received and for the interdisciplinary nature of the program.
“I love this program because of its emphasis on interdisciplinary work,” Fuller said. “You can be in any lab in any department across the campus if they’re doing genetics work, which shows how applicable genetics research is across disciplines.”
Fuller believes that all G&G students should try to explore different labs while in the program.
“Really take advantage of the rotation system we have in place,” Fuller said. “You might come in knowing where you want to go, but try to have the widest range of rotations that you possibly can. Because you never know when something will interest you that wasn’t really on your radar before.”
Fuller has accepted a position working as a Research Coordinator here at UF Health in Pediatric Research.
“I’ll be helping manage projects, grant writing, methodology, etc.,” Fuller said. “I chose this job because it will allow me to stay in academia and potentially publish, which could help if I want to move onto professorship down the line.”
Fuller is looking forward to beginning a new chapter and we wish her all the best as she continues in her career and research endeavors.