Junko Yano

Senior Scientist

Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division

Biosciences Area

Junko is a Senior Scientist at the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division. She is also a PI of the Liquid Sunlight Alliance. Her research areas include the water oxidation in natural photosynthesis and artificial photosynthesis, catalytic reactions in metalloenzymes, application of synchrotron X-ray radiation and X-ray free electron laser techniques to biological and inorganic systems.

What inspires you to work in STEM or operations?

I studied STEM because that was the way I could be away, far far away from where I was.

I never thought about pursuing STEM. But here I am...

What excites you about your work at Berkeley Lab?

The collaborative environment. I get wonderful expert knowledge through the network of people.

How can our country engage more women, girls, and members of other underrepresented groups in STEM or operations?

Giving them the right idea that you don't need to be a super person to pursue your career.

Do you have tips you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

I would say, I am doing it, so you can do it!

When you have free time, what are your hobbies?

Jogging, Knitting, Painting, Reading, and Watching Ninjago with my daughter.