A fascination with science always has been evident and plentiful in Tamara Hershey’s childhood home — from a homemade telescope to sunspot charts to rainfall measurement graphs. As a young girl, Hershey wasn’t sure what area would suit her best, but she always knew she wanted to be a scientist.
Some 25 years after college, Hershey, PhD, still doesn’t exactly fit into a traditional job in science.
“I’ve never pigeonholed myself,” she explained. “And I have been extremely fortunate to ‘grow up’ as a scientist in a place like the Neuroimaging Labs and the psychiatry department at Washington University, where nobody told me I needed to focus on a specific disease or problem.”
A professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, she has spent her career using brain-imaging tools to conduct research on diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, Tourette syndrome and Wolfram syndrome. She has looked at the brain with positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), paying particular attention to how the brain is affected by diabetes.
The featured article was originally published at Washington University Newsroom: Washington People: Tamara Hershey