Kaela Singleton earned her PhD in neuroscience from Georgetown University in May of 2020. She’s currently a DSPAN Scholar and postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in the Cell Biology department studying mitochondria integrity in neurodevelopmental disorders.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

No

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

No

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Event coordinator

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Computational neuroscience

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Atlanta, GA to see my family

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Telekinesis

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

I highly encourage you to listen to the Black women in your life

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Clean, light some candles, watch reality tv

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Coffee, google calendar, avocado oil

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coffee

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Not a book but poems by T.S. Eliot specifically the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

In order: Christmas elf, woman with a nice office & neuroscientist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The hope that I can make academia better for Black women & POC

19 What got you excited in science?

The endless possibilities

20 What excites you about science now?

Supporting & uplifting students of color

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

80s music?

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I’m a classical trained violinist

23 What is your favorite game?

Dutch Blitz!

24 What is the last book you read?

Oo Beloved by Toni Morrison

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

When someone shows you who they are – believe them – Maya Angelou

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Surfing probably

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Be the person you needed when you were younger

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Nap, eat/hydrate, and start again

29 What is the last thing you watched?

The West Wing!

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Mouse brains or frog embryos

31 What is your favorite animal?

Koala

32 What is your favorite book?

Oo looking for Alaska by John green

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Mac and cheese

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Christmas Eve!

35 What is your favorite plant?

Christmas Tree

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Hmm.. unclear?

37 What is your favorite season?

Winter

38 What is your favorite smell?

Fresh linen

39 What is your favorite sound?

Birds chirping in the morning

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My compassion/empathy

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Kerfuffle

42 What is your proudest moment?

Earning my PhD in front of my dad & nana

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Oooo probably a Christmas tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The people

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Hmm.. I am a huge college football fan

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Ti’Air Enjoli @Ti_Enjoli on twitter!