Dr. Shweta Tripathi loves Auburn. So much so, that she commutes to Alabama State University for work every day, rather than relocate from her home in the loveliest village on the plains.
“All my co-workers are like, ‘Why don’t you move to Montgomery?’” she said. “And I was like, ‘I just can’t.’ I just don’t want to leave this place. It’s worth two hours of a drive.”
Tripathi knows a little something about travel and relocating. Her work in cancer research brought her to the United States from her hometown of New Delhi, India.
While earning her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Delhi, she applied for a scholar-in-training award through the American Association for Cancer Research. The AACR sponsored Tripathi to present her work in the United States, and she was offered a postdoctoral experience at Emory University in Atlanta.
“So I went back to India, finished my Ph.D. and everything, then I came back and joined my post-doc here,” Tripathi said. “Then, there was no going back.”
Tripathi said she was interested in cancer research while she was in medical school, but it took a personal turn a couple years ago.
“I’ve been in cancer research since Ph.D., but I never knew the reason until my mom had (uterine) cancer in 2014,” Tripathi said. “She passed away two years ago. Since then, it’s like, I need to make a difference in somebody’s life. When you’re in that field, you really feel, ‘Why couldn’t I saved her?’ Since then, it’s been my passion.’”
Tripathi moved to Alabama to work at Tuskegee University, where she served as an assistant professor until this summer, when she began as a researcher at Alabama State University’s Center for Nano Biotechnology Research.
“Coming from Emory, going to Tuskegee was a culture shock,” she said. “But Dr….