Dr. Simone Douglas-Green recently completed her PhD the joint Biomedical Engineering program at Georgia Tech and Emory University where she was advised by Dr. Manu O. Platt. She earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami in 2015. During graduate school Simone was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and Herbert P Haley Fellowship. Simone co-founded Bimedical Engineering Alliance for Minorities (BEAM), a graduate student organization, that aims to create a support system for graduate students of color to help improve retention, develop community and network, and highlight the value of racial and ethnic diversity in the BME department. She was named a GT Diversity and Inclusion Fellow in 2019 where her project focused on expanding BEAM to the undergraduate level. Simone is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT in Dr. Paula Hammond’s lab where she is designing charged nanocarriers for therapeutic delivery to avascular tissues. Simone aspires to work in academia as a professor where she is committed to be at the forefront of outreach and initiatives to make the demographics in classrooms reflect the diversity of the nation.

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?

Not yet… we’re planning to adopt a dog soon!!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have a set of beaker shot glasses

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Does sarcasm count?

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

Graphic Designer

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

Marine Biology

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

Hawaii to see my brother (he’s in the army)

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

teleportation

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

Not so shameless plug for my former advisor’s “Gaslighting in the Academy: Actually Making Black Lives Matter”. There are two versions and I recommend watching both.
Also, I recommend the special Coronavirus Episode of Lennox Hill (documentary on Netflix).

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

Wake up without an alarm clock. Workout without the pressure of having to finish within a certain time. Enjoy my favorite Starbucks drink while sitting at a waterfront view. Nap without an alarm. Binge watch Netflix.

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

Family, comfy hoodie, and wine

15 What beverage gives you life?

Wine

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

“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

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

animator

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

family

19 What got you excited in science?

The Bodies Exhibit and a pig dissection in 8th grade

20 What excites you about science now?

Amplifying voices for marginalized populations in medicine.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Medical TV dramas

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I know how to juggle

23 What is your favorite game?

Phase 10

24 What is the last book you read?

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

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

You have the right to protect your time; “no” is an answer.

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

skydiving

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

Don’t compare yourself to others.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Binge watching Netflix and drink wine

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Girlfriends on Netflix

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

Cookies I took from a dessert table at the last public (pre-COVID) function I went to

31 What is your favorite animal?

monkey

32 What is your favorite book?

I love the Harry Potter series! My favorite is Prisoner of Azkaban.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

tacos

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Juneteenth

35 What is your favorite plant?

Bird of Paradise

36 What is your favorite science fact?

The left side of your body is controlled by the right side of your brain and the right side of your body is controlled by the left side of your brain.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Peppermint

39 What is your favorite sound?

ocean waves

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I have varied music interests that always throws people off. I enjoy listening to R&B/Hip-Hop but also love listening to musicals and Disney music. You should see the variety of genres in my Spotify account.

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

I don’t really have one, but the word “pudding” makes me laugh.

42 What is your proudest moment?

Defending my PhD dissertation

43 What kind of tree would you be?

palm tree

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

We just moved here, but I really like walking along the Charles River

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy since middle school! I know it has changed a lot, but I am still a devoted fan. It’s one of the few shows I watch on live TV (you know “in real time” with commercials) because I hate seeing spoilers for that show.

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

Ritu Raman (@DrRituRaman) and if by chance she nominated me Meghan Ferrall-Fairbanks (@DrMeghanFerrall)