Nina EstepLaboratory Technician
Nina has had a lifelong passion for veterinary medicine. For undergrad at Whitman College, she studied Psammophis snakes using histological sections of specimens’ heads to look for pheromone glands in the jaw. After graduation she worked in equipment prep and as an animal tech at the Fred Hutch before moving to Colorado to work on a team studying an edible plague vaccine for prairie dogs (it’s peanut butter flavored). Because Seattle is the place for her, Nina moved back and worked in equipment support for the Allen Institute for a few years. Nina is now very happy to be doing lab work again and using microscopes rather than fixing them (but she’s happy to do that too).
Nina has two dogs with her husband that would rather sleep than anything, and one mop of a creature (technically the parents’ dog) that will never hold still ever.