Christy Poland

Biocontainment Animal Technician
University of Texas Medical Branch
AWIS member since 2023

“Integrity, good character, and work ethic outweigh any experience a job asks for.”

Christy Poland

What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?

You can guide individuals in the direction they must go to achieve a goal, but you cannot make them achieve said goal.

What do you consider to be your most important career achievement or milestone?

My most important career achievement is making it to the highest level of biocontainment, Biosafety Level 4.

What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why? What obstacles will you overcome?

I aspire to learn the ins and outs of the behind the scenes of biomedical research through a better understanding of animal use protocols. Not having time to learn and study more in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) policies is the main obstacle.

Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.

My amazing opportunity is to work with different types of animals from agriculture animals, rodents, and primates.

How was AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?

Being new to AWIS, I look forward to delving more into AWIS resources. AWIS has a significant amount of educational tools on its website.

What is your favorite word? (only one word)


How do you define it?

Encompassing good and giving the same to others.

How has this word influenced or inspired your career?

I am in love with nature and animals. I love my career because I love my animals.

What are you currently reading or listening to?

I’m currently reading Neville Goddard’s works, and I listen mostly to motivating podcasts.

What do you consider the best professional or personal advice you’ve ever received?

Integrity, good character, and work ethic outweighs any experience a job asks for.

Christy Poland loves animals and nature with a passion. She has worked for 10 years in biomedical research, and is also a certified Master Naturalist of the Galveston Bay Area Chapter. She resides in Galveston Island with her wife and old lady puppy Izzy Bug. Her pastimes include reading, watching the Astros, and spending time sitting on the porch with the family.