Krista Urchenko

Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.

My name is Krista Urchenko.

I am a scientist and advocate.

When I was 10 I wanted to be a disease researcher.

I work as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.

I am proud of working to raise awareness about the Medical Laboratory Science profession through my blog and involvement in the community.Through MedLabMaven.com, I talk about my experience as a woman in science to encourage others to speak up and also encourage young girls to consider STEM careers.

The biggest obstacle I have faced was getting through all my schooling and proving that my time was worth it. I have a B.Sc in Microbiology and just finished my Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science. I had to make many sacrifices with moving from my home in Winnipeg to put my education and dreams first.

My advice to women is think of the Laboratory profession (which is actually dominated by women) as more than a job — it will inspire you to help make a difference. Being a Technologist is hugely important to the health care system with up to 85% of diagnosis being made due to laboratory results. We are the physician’s eyes for the internal workings of the body.

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@kurchenko | @MedLabLaven | LinkedIn | www.

Krista Urchenko, Scientist and Advocate Medical Laboratory Technologist , Med Lab Maven