Story excerpt provided by The Ohio State University.
Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been a life-long researcher in causative agents of tick- and trematode- borne diseases that affect humans, companion animals, and food and fiber producing animals. Rikihisa has been associated with academia and science her entire life with encouragement from both her father and older brother having careers in STEM related fields. As a young girl, she was not aware that she was going against the grain by pursuing science as a female.
“I never had anyone tell me I should or I should not study science. I was good at math and my brother and father were passionate about the sciences so it seemed like a good fit,” she said.
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Originally published April 1, 2016.