Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Amy Rasley


Biosciences and Biotechnology Division

July 15, 2021

What do you like about working at the Lab?

I absolutely love the people I get to work with and the science that we get to do that impacts both national security and public health. The collaborative environment at the Lab is really energizing—I love working with scientists that bring different perspectives from my own. It makes me a better researcher and really helps me focus my ideas.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

Day to day, you will find me in various labs conducting experiments and in meetings planning future experiments and discussing the latest data.

What is one project you’re really proud to have worked on?

I have worked with colleagues on nanoparticle vaccines for a number of years. We have developed a strong program around this technology for vaccine applications and that is very gratifying. Our projects are focused on developing vaccines for both national security and public health.

What is your educational or career background?

I have a BS degree in zoology with an emphasis on comparative vertebrate anatomy. I took my first immunology class in graduate school and that was it. I switched majors and never looked back. I’ve worked at the Lab for 16 years.

What inspired you to go into science?

Science has always been my favorite subject. It has always fed my curiosity and continues to do so. Immunology is one of the most fascinating fields and so fundamental to the life sciences. The human immune system is essential for our survival in a world full of potentially dangerous microbes and understanding how it works and interacts with other systems is paramount for human health.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Get out there and make connections! The Lab has so much to offer—start networking early and take advantage of the expertise and collaborative environment to further refine and expand your skill set.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to travel and be outdoors.

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