Jasmin Hume

PhD Candidate in Materials Chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU

"STEM enables us to find creative, innovative solutions to solve the world's problems."

As a PhD candidate in Materials Chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, NY, Jasmin Hume is a protein engineer. When she’s not in the lab, as an NSF GK-12 teaching fellow Jasmin teaches and inspires kids in math and science classrooms. These STEM teaching commitments, in addition to tutoring high school students, enabled her to win the Connect a Million Minds "Super Connector Search" in fall of 2011. As the NYC Super Connector for STEM education, Jasmin continues to increase her outreach activities in the greater NYC community.

A native of Sweden, Jasmin was raised in Manhattan. After attending Stuyvesant High School (NYC's top science and math high school), she obtained her Bachelor’s in Engineering in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biotechnology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her Master’s degree at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden focused on surface chemistry. Before starting her PhD she worked as a biomaterials engineer developing DNA biosensors for STMicroelectronics in Milan, Italy.

Jasmin’s numerous research and outreach activities have been highlighted in NSF publications and meetings, scientific journals and conferences, and the New York Times. She is also the President and cofounder of BenchPals, a start-up technology company committed to digitizing the laboratory environment.

Favorite Inventors:

My favorite inventors are people who, simply put, saw (or see) the world not as full of problems, but with many opportunities for improvement. Some inventors that have had a significant impact in biomedicine are Kary Mullis, who invented the DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction, Per-Ingvar Brånemark for making dental implants that worked with the body rather than against it, and Willem Johann Kolff who invented the artificial dialysis machine for people with kidney failure. Michael Jackson is definitely another one of my favorite inventors for inventing the gravity-defying shoes that made a lot of his amazing dance moves possible!

Favorite Inventions:

Most of the inventions that I appreciate most are those that I use in my everyday life. I would have to mention my iPhone as a favorite, as well as the Moka which allows me to make delicious espresso on my stove! Some very important inventions in transportation that I love are: bicycles, electric cars, and airplanes. As a PhD student there are many inventions that permit me to do amazing research, such as scanning electron and atomic force microscopes, software for imaging molecules, 3D printers, and of course Post-Its!

Why Do You Think Math & Science are so AWESOME

For me, there’s nothing more awesome than math and science. Any wonder you have about the physical world can be answered by looking to math and science. You’re hungry? Science explains that! You need to figure out if you have enough change to buy an ice cream? Look to math! Science allows us to get answers from nature and apply them to come up with new and wonderful technologies, while math is used to explain relationships between different parameters. While either one alone has limitations, when you combine both math and science you’re unstoppable in what you can come up with!

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