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Benedicte Shipley, Assistant Dean of UC Irvine BioSci

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to BioSci.

I was born and raised in Denmark.  Between high school and college, I took a gap year as an au-pair in Paris, France.  There I met my now husband, a United States Marine, working at the American Embassy.  We moved to California in my early 20’s, where I began my UC Irvine career in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

2. How did you get into your field?

A friend recommended that I take on a temporary position while a staff member was out on leave.  It was a great opportunity which truly launch my career at UCI.

3. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

As an immigrant being able to succeed and have a great career at UCI.

4. Who do you look up to? What is your source of inspiration?

I have had many role models, especially female leaders at UCI. My greatest inspiration is my mother. She is one of the hardest and most determined individuals I know. She continues to be my source of inspiration today.

5. What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

Keep pushing forward and don’t give up.  Help people out, give them an opportunity to succeed and your will eventually get to where you want to be.

6. What are some of your hobbies/activities outside of work?

I love hiking. I don’t do enough of it, but it is always something I enjoy.

7. Favorite comfort food?

Danish salty licorice – hands-down the best candy ever.

8. What is a show you’re obsessed with right now?

Ozark is definitely my top show right now.

9. What is one piece of advice you can give to young women entering their careers?

Be you; your authentic self. Be curious and ask questions. Allow yourself to make mistakes. It is an opportunity to learn and explore new paths.

10. Please share your social media handles and/or website if you would like to connect and promote!.

I’m not on social media personally, but do have a Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benedicte-shipley-bb061713a/

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