Christina Marvin grew up in Kingston, PA, about 20 miles south of Scranton. She began participating in science outreach programs while an undergraduate at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. She found a good fit with public engagement work and continued volunteering with science communication and engagement initiatives while working on her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christina became interested in science because of a desire to serve her world community through promoting improvements in medicine, engineering, and other technologies.
In graduate school, Christina worked for Dr. David Lawrence, developing long wavelength phototherapeutics. The ultimate goal of this new medical technology is to make current medicines safer and more effective by using light to control where and when they are active in the body. After earning her Ph.D. in December 2018, Christina’s ventures took her to UW-Madison, where she met Prof. Shakhashiri. She was fascinated with his approach to science education and the power of demonstrations and wanted to learn more! In her career Christina hopes to serve as a leader for science communication and engagement through connecting scientists with public interests. She eventually hopes to run her own science programs, either at a science center or university.
In her spare time, Christina enjoys cooking, running, hiking, writing about science, and spending time with her cat and dog.