Lynnette Walters in lab

Nov 02, 2020 / Research & Innovation

Get to Know our Staff: Lynnette Walters, Research

What is your role? What do you do on a daily basis?
I am a research coordinator for the Rheumatology department. An average day for me can include consenting on the different campuses, coordinating sample pick up and breaking down those samples into various components. I also gather clinical data needed for each sample.
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite for Children?
I love the community feel of Scottish Rite. The Basic Research and Rheumatology department both feel just like family.
What was your first job? 
My first job, post college, was working at the UT Health Center at San Antonio in the T & B cell lab. Back then there were only two colors for flow cytometry! 

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? 
I have always loved science. As a child, my favorite toy was a human anatomy model where you had to put on the skeleton, organs and muscles. My first work study job was in a lab at the University of Texas and I loved everything about it. I have been in research ever since. I have been at Scottish Rite for three years.
What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now? 
Cells found in urine that can be used in a scaffolding model to tell us more about nephritis and what role red blood cells (RBC’s) play in autoimmune diseases.
What are you currently watching on Netflix/Hulu/TV/etc.?
I am crushing on the home renovation show, Home Town on Hulu. I love to binge watch Criminal Minds, now that I have watched all of NCIS on Netflix.
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I would love to visit monasteries in Spain and take cooking lessons in Italy.
What are some small things that make your day better? 
Starting the day with meditation, laughter during the day and finishing the day with family.
What is special about the place you grew up?
My cousins! We had so much fun going from house to house playing and getting into trouble!

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? 
I love making things. I cannot watch TV without crocheting and my family even makes our own Christmas gifts. It’s quite the competition to see who makes the best gift!

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