Richard Tustin

Richard Tustin

Richard is a laboratory supervisor and research associate at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He studied environmental conservation and biology in college, earning his bachelor’s degree (BS). Richard’s lab studies HIV immunology and has also served as a processing lab for local clinics studying COVID-19 vaccines. Richard worked in a CHOP lab during college and transitioned into a full-time position after graduation.

How did you first become interested in science?

My high school had different program tracks that you could apply to when entering. I enrolled in the Environmental Science Academy and that began my career in science.

What was your favorite science class?

Oddly enough my favorite class was organic chemistry. I have not taken a career path that utilizes chemistry but there was something about figuring out how each molecule would interact with others that I found interesting.

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

My mom worked in the science field her entire career.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I get to be a part of clinical trials that have the potential to help people.

What current scientific discovery or project are you most excited about?

Seeing a vaccine against COVID-19 become available less than one year from the time the virus entered the United States was incredible.