Hazard Girls:
Women in Non-Traditional Fields

Host Emily Soloby, founder of Juno Jones Safety Shoes, interviews women who have successfully broken barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields. These dynamic women share their stories and advice for the next generation. Emily's goal with this podcast series is to show listeners that there are many ways to be successful - and being successful often requires hard work, community, and creativity, even when faced with adversity.


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Sn. 3, #24 Kimberly Fiock: The Cutting Edge of Disease Research

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From the age of 5, Kimberly Fiock knew she wanted to be a scientist. Today, at just 25 years old, she is working at the cutting edge of experimental pathology research, on track to receiving her PhD! This journey has not been without its hardships; on top of her mental health struggles, Kimberly has dealt with numerous people in powerful positions telling her she would never make it in her field. How wrong they were! In today’s episode Kimberly shares what drew her to the field of disease research, how she overcame the odds that were stacked against her and became a scientist, and the goals that she hopes to ultimately achieve through the research into tau proteins (which play a role in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases) that she is currently conducting. Kimberly epitomizes the saying, “Never give up,” and if you’re in need of any extra motivation, you’ve come to the right place!


Emily Soloby

Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.

As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.

For more information go to junojonesshoes.com.


Kimberly Fiock

Kimberly Fiock is an Experimental Pathology PhD student at the University of Iowa. She has a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology and recently completed her M.S. in Pathology. Kimberly uses human stem cells to answer questions about how the tau protein contributes to different types of neurodegenerative diseases. As we age, tau can misfold and clump into aggregates that overwhelm the cell, leading to cell death. Ultimately, this process contributes to cognitive decline in a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementias. As she continues in her PhD, Kimberly will work to better address what causes tau to affect different cell types in a disease-dependent manner, as well as how these differences can be used to create targeted therapeutics. In addition to her research, Kimberly assists with the Iowa NeuroBank Core, a brain tissue and stem cell repository at the University of Iowa.

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