Snapshot: Kehinde Sola Salako (Nigeria, 2019/20)
From my Fulbright experience, I will be taking back with me what I call the ‘I CAN’ spirit. If I can conceive it, if I can believe it, then I can achieve it
Before coming here [to the US], I had the notion of just coming here to basically do research. But I have learnt how to socialize as from time to time we go out as a lab group for relaxation. I have had the opportunity to go to places like Adventurous Antelope Canyon, Horse Shoe Bend, Monument Valley all in Arizona, Flaming Gorge Dam, Bryce Canyon National Park all in Utah and then Green River at Flaming Gorge Way and Fort Bridger in Wyoming. I also went skiing with the lab group, it was so relaxing. I also had the opportunity [to go to] the Sundance Film [Festival] courtesy of the Utah chapter of the Fulbright Association. I watched two films- ‘Coded Bias’ and ‘The Fight’ which gave me more insight into artificial intelligence, racial/ sexual discrimination and the politics of America. I must say that all of these have greatly inspired me.
Also, I must state that I am inspired by the people here, they are super nice and caring.
From my Fulbright experience, I will be taking back with me what I call the ‘I CAN’ spirit. If I can conceive it, if I can believe it, then I can achieve it. I have been inspired not to follow the norm but to follow my dreams, passions and aspirations and do uncommon things.
During my grant experience I have connected with the local community. On two occasions, I have gone to a field where some drug addicts stay to counsel them and then on a second visit to share some snack items with them as well. I have also tried to reach out to the homeless people. I also take time out to encourage one or more persons while transiting in the train or at the supermarket by sparking up a conversation and ending up encouraging them as I know that people have a lot of issues going on in their lives.
If I had an alternative career, it would probably be in music.
Kehinde Sola Salako is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of Utah, where she studies the drug delivery capabilities of N-(2-hydroxy propyl) methacrylamide (HPMA) polymer used in cancer management, under the direction of Professor Jindrich Kopecek. She is from Ekiti state, located in southwest Nigeria. Kehinde is a pharmacist and a researcher, and serves on the faculty at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a Master’s in Pharmacy from the University of Lagos and is currently working on her PhD in drug delivery. Upon her return to Nigeria, she plans to continue her work on anti-cancer research.