Cancer research sparked the graduate’s interest in biotechnology


Lindsey Ramos Freitas and family.
Left to right: Ryan Oneal (father), Allyson Powers (cousin), Peggy Smith and Joe Smith (maternal grandparents), Lindsey Ramos Freitas, Lori Oneal (mother), Jennifer Dasmalchi (cousin).

Her interest in science started during summer camp and grew into a dream of becoming a researcher. A supervisor’s harsh words temporarily derailed that dream, but Lindsey Ramos Freitas has overcome her struggles, regained her trust, and will receive her masters in professional sciences during early spring ceremonies at Texas Woman’s University.

Ramos Freitas attended college in his hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas, and became interested in cancer research when his uncle was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He took a course studying cancer biology and is was fascinated by cancer mechanisms and treatment options. After graduating with a degree in biology, Ramos Freitas began work in cancer research in Nebraska. Her uncle died a short time later.

Although she was working in the field she had dreamed of, a supervisor’s comment led her to question her decision.

“My supervisor told me I was never going to be good enough for research; that I would only be able to work in an environment where everything has been explained to me, “he said.” I questioned my career as a scientist. This comment also led me to struggle more in the position for all the stress. and the pressure I felt, as it led to more mistakes. “

The intense pressure even drove Ramos Freitas to the emergency room after suffering a panic attack one day at work.

“I didn’t quit cancer research by choice,” he said. “I felt like I would never make it after that experience.”

Ramos Freitas began working at a biotech company in Nebraska, spending four years there as a red blood cell technician.

“I was in a production lab environment, which was a completely different environment from academic research,” he said.

Although he wanted to continue working in the field of biotechnology, Ramos Freitas developed an interest in research and development and thought that going back to school would be a great option to work towards this goal.

Nebraska weather was also a factor in his desire to relocate.


Lindsey Ramos Freitas and family.
Left to right: Hélio Rui Ramos Freitas (husband), Maria Isolete Ramos Freitas (mother-in-law), Hélio Batista de Freitas (father-in-law), Élida Gabriela Ramos Freitas (sister-in-law), Jônatas Mateus Gomes Florentino (Paula Eduarda’s boyfriend) and Paula Eduarda Ramos Freitas (sister-in-law)

“There was too much snow and cold,” he said. “I really wanted to move to Texas and my husband liked the idea too.”

Ramos Freitas searched online for a master’s degree in biotechnology in Texas and found the new one master in professional sciences (PSM) to the TWU. Two days later an information session was scheduled, “so I registered immediately,” she said.

The couple moved to Denton in June 2021.

“Moving to a new state in the midst of a pandemic was interesting, to say the least,” he said. “I was thrilled to have my school situation resolved, but we were concerned that my husband might find a new job after moving here. Fortunately, he was able to start a job he loves on the same day I started school for the first semester. ”

Sadly, Ramos Freitas lost his father to COVID during his first semester at Texas Woman’s. She took a week off to return to Kansas for visits and service and to spend time with her family.

Although there were times when she considered leaving and returning for graduation later, Ramos Freitas said the support of her professors and “working family” in the microbiology preparation group helped her overcome difficult times.

“Those are the reasons I continued,” he said. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have stayed on the show at the time.

“Thanks to all the support and encouragement I received during my time at TWU, I hope to devote myself to research and development in the biotechnology sector,” he added. Although he doesn’t know what the future holds, Ramos Freitas said: “‘I trust the next chapter because I know the author.'”

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