CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
In the Green Room

Biologist Leticia Márquez-Magaña

A Health Researcher with a Passion for General Hospital

Leticia Márquez-Magaña is a biologist at San Francisco State University’s Health Institute for Practice, Research, and Policy. Before participating in a panel on race and cancer, she confessed her longtime love for soap operas of all kinds in the Zócalo green room.

Q:
What profession would you like to practice in your next life?

A:
Writer.

Q:
What’s the last movie you saw in theaters?

A:
Lincoln. That’s a good one!

Q:
What do you lose or misplace most often?

A:
Time—I lose a lot of time.

Q:
How are you different from who you were 10 years ago?

A:
I’m more confident. I care less about what others think. I prioritize my family more.

Q:
What’s your guilty pleasure?

A:
General Hospital. I was so bummed when All My Children and One Life To Live went off the air, and now they’re all merging together. I used to watch telenovelas when I was a little kid; I used to say it would make me speak Spanish better. Now I watch General Hospital.

Q:
Where would you find you at 10 a.m. on a typical Saturday morning?

A:
Washing the clothes, cleaning the dishes—doing chores. Or taking the kid to his band rehearsal. That’s pretty much it.

Q:
What keeps you up at night?

A:
There’s a lot of things that keep me up at night sometimes, but I’ve also learned to just let it all go and sleep because I know sleep is really important. Typically it’s feeling like I haven’t met people’s expectations. Even though I care less about what other people think of me—I was trained to care about them.

Q:
How do you like your steak?

A:
Medium-rare to rare. And if it has a lot of spice on it it’s good too.

Q:
How do you get your exercise?

A:
Running up the stairs when I’m doing the chores.

Q:
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?

A:
The ability to change people’s minds.