Discovery Pathology Research Lead at Bayer Crop Science
AWIS Member since 2016
“If you’re uncomfortable or unsure of yourself, that means you’re growing.”
What do you consider to be your most important career achievement?
My most exciting scientific career achievement thus far was finding, describing, and publishing a new fungal species. Fusarium californicum was one of four species causing a fatal canker disease of almond seedlings that I studied in graduate school at UC Davis.
How was AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
AWIS has given me opportunities to lead outside my day job. I connect with our mission to empower women and strive to bring interesting and unique programming to my chapter members. I’m proud of the mentorship program Sac Valley has operated – supporting over 100 women in the last three years.
What is your favorite word?
How do you define it?
A relentless and passionate positive view of the future despite any and all current real and perceived obstacles.
How has this word influenced or inspired your career?
As a scientist, I think it is critical that we all maintain a sense of optimism. We are solving some of the world’s toughest problems and there will certainly be days when it feels scientifically impossible. We should never give up, only pivot.
What are you currently reading or listening to?
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving your Goals by Rachel Hollis
What do you consider the best professional or personal advice you’ve ever received?
Most career paths happen organically – say yes to opportunities even if they scare you or if you think you aren’t ready. If you’re uncomfortable or unsure of yourself, that means you’re growing. No matter which path you take, it will make for an interesting journey.
Abbie Stack holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Science from Purdue University and an MS in Plant Pathology from the University of California Davis. She currently works at Bayer Crop Science in Woodland, CA, specializing in molecular plant disease diagnostics and emerging viral diseases of tomato and pepper. Abbie is also the president of the Sacramento Valley AWIS Chapter and has been an AWIS member since 2016. In her free time, Abbie loves baking desserts, hanging out with her cat Mo, and hiking.