Molly on her path in the Trump Era

Others have started to consider a more direct entry into politics with a run for elected office. Molly Sheehan, who researches bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, is weighing a bid for a U.S. congressional seat, citing an “animosity in politics toward science,” which she thinks will grow under Trump. She has received help from 314 Action, a nonprofit group that encourages people with science and technology backgrounds to run for office.

”It’s definitely a risk,” Sheehan said. “It’s not the most comfortable thing I could do right now. I’ve been planning my career as a professor since I was a child, but I’m open to redefining where I’ll have the most social impact.”

Sheehan believes lawmakers with backgrounds in science could provide valuable insight to debates over health insurance, environmental regulations and scientific funding.

”If we lose funding, we lose everything,” said Sheehan, 31, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics. “Discontinuity in research can destroy decades of progress, so I don’t think this is the time to sit back.”
— Fortune, 1-30-2017