Lab-grown meat, also known as cultured meat or clean meat, is beginning to transform our global food system. This revolutionary technology takes animal cells and cultivates them outside of the animal. Removing the requirements of raising and processing animals aims to bring the consumer a safe, high-quality meat while also solving problems of environmental degradation, global poverty, animal welfare, and human health.
So what experience is required to land a job in a research sector so sparkling new it depends on constantly evolving techniques and skillsets? I had the opportunity to ask these and other questions during an interview with Rachel Valenzuela, cell line engineer at Memphis Meats, a company leading the innovation of cultured meat. Rachel spoke about what it’s like to work in the food tech industry and her advice for future women scientists: