Short facts about Laura Carroll:
Comes from: a very small, remote town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (a much smaller, but equally snowy, American version of Umeå!)
Me in three words: Bacillus-obsessed bioinformatician
Interests: Bioinformatics, microbes, food, wine, cats, art, history, poetry, swimming, and anything outdoors!
Reading: Currently “Pnin” by Vladimir Nabokov
Streaming: Currently “Chainsaw Man” / “Zauvijek” by z++
An unknown talent: Not to brag, but there used to be this online game called “625 Sandwich Stacker” that was semi-popular in the early 2000s; last I checked, I had one of the top scores of all time. So basically, my secret talent is being ridiculously good at a now-deprecated, online game about making sandwiches (my parents are so proud…)
Three things on my life bucket list: (i) Learn Swedish, (ii) adopt a cat, and (iii) get tenure!
Wanted to become when I was a child: A math teacher…so I’m not too far off!
Best holiday spot: Lake Superior
If I had a time machine: I would go to 1999, to tell the little kid version of me to pay attention and stop goofing off in German class…you’re going to need it twenty years from now when you move to Switzerland and Germany for your PhD/postdoc!
Best with Umeå/Umeå University: My amazing friends and colleagues!