The Department of Neuroscience recognizes faculty and staff each month whose hard work and dedication contributes to our mission and whom we’re proud to have on our team. Find out more about the spotlight of the month below!

InterviewOctober 2021 Staff Spotlight, Tori King

Where are you from originally and what led you to Ohio State?

I’m originally from Newport, TN (near Gatlinburg, TN). I had only been to Ohio once before relocating, so the thought of moving here was exciting! After being unable to travel due to the pandemic, I jumped at the opportunity to move to a new state! So far, it has been a great experience!

What lab do you work in and what type of research to do facilitate?

I’m currently a research associate in Tony Brown’s lab conducting research on gene therapy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2E.

What do enjoy doing in your free time, outside of work?

Before the pandemic, I enjoyed traveling! My family usually takes annual Christmas vacations to different areas like NYC, Orlando, the Bahamas, etc. Currently, I explore around Columbus a bit since the city is still new to me. I’m a foodie, so now I frequent places like North Market and food festivals. I’d love some additional recommendations!

What drew you to the field and the role you play in the Department of Neuroscience?

When job searching, I did not specify a field of interest. I was more interested in joining a lab that offered the opportunity for mentorship. My goal was to mature as a scientist and gain additional laboratory experience. My interest in neuroscience developed as my experience in the lab grew.

Who is your biggest role model and why?

My biggest role model is my mother. I watched as she earned her degrees and supported her family simultaneously without complaint. Growing up, she knew that I was watching her and made a point to teach me not only how to succeed academically, but also how to be a good person. She taught me how to give back through volunteering at places such as Boys and Girls clubs and homeless shelters for domestic violence victims, which in turn taught me how to relate to others regardless of temporary circumstances. Through every tough situations, she has excelled and continues to mentor and help other single mothers today. She has the biggest heart, and I’d love to be half the woman that she is one day.

What is your favorite movie, book, or band/singer/songwriter and why?

I love Christmas movies! My favorite is either Home Alone or Home Alone 2. The movies are great, but I really enjoy seeing my family laugh.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to mentor students. I’ve conducted research in various departments at various types of institutions. I enjoy using my experiences to help others on their personal and professional journeys. Plus, my students are wonderful people!

Do you have any insights or advice to those who are just starting out or are interested in Neuroscience research?

My advice would be to be patient. Neuroscience can be intimidating, and some concepts are difficult to understand. Take your time, give yourself grace, search for additional resources, and eventually the pieces will start to come together.

What are some hidden talents of yours?

I grew up participating in a choir, so I love to sing. The “talent” part is questionable. I also love to bake! In high school and college, I’d often bake for my classmates and coworkers.

What else should we know about you?

I have a dog named Bear. He’s a two-year-old snorkie who just learned how to rollover and whose pictures occupy a majority of the storage space on my phone.