Some people become scientists. For Assistant Professor Kiana Frank of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, it was evident early on in her childhood that she was born a scientist.
“I did not become a scientist, I was born a scientist because my kūpuna (ancestors) before me were natural scientists,” Frank said. “For me, science is how I connect to and better understand the places I love. Science is my tool to mālama ʻāina (protect, care for the land).”