Kevin Nestler

Kevin Nestler

Kevin is a research technician who studies pediatric cancer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Kevin worked in a university lab while in college and interned at a pharmaceutical company during his summer breaks from school. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in biotechnology. 

What was your favorite science class?

A molecular medicines course I took in college. It was the first time I really learned how to analyze and present journal articles, and the discussions were so relevant and interesting.

Who is your science hero?

I do not have a science hero. Whether a scientific achievement is large or small, it didn’t come from just one person, no matter how intelligent they are. Collaboration with others and the accumulation of years of hard work are foundations for scientific achievement, and, therefore, there’s not one person I could point to as my science hero.  

Did anyone or anything in particular spark your interest in science?

I would say the first science courses I took in middle school sparked my interest because it was the first time I was really thinking about scientific concepts and asking questions. Plenty of people along the way have added fuel to the fire.

What advice do you have for students interested in a STEM career?

Get involved in research early! Put yourself out there, even if it’s uncomfortable.

What is your favorite part of your job?

The people I work with. Science is always interesting to me no matter what I am doing, but the people I work with make my job really enjoyable.