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Fall 2014

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Alfred Atanda Jr. Courtesy: Cynthia Brodoway, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Alfred Atanda Jr.,
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Game Changer
Atanda’s research on the causes of elbow injuries in young baseball pitchers could help prevent these athletes from sustaining injury.


September 2013

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Emily Scott. Courtesy: Chuck France, University of Kansas Emily Scott,
Biochemist

Hooked on Heme
Emily Scott's research on a family of enzymes could lead to ways to treat prostate or breast cancers and prevent lung cancer in smokers.


September 2012

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Brad Duerstock. Courtesy: Andrew Hancock, Purdue University Brad Duerstock,
Neuroscientist, Assistive Technology Designer

Opening Up the Lab
Brad Duerstock's work aims to make science more accessible to people with disabilities. A quadriplegic himself, he also studies spinal cord injury and repair.


January 2012

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Elizabeth Grice. Courtesy: Bill Branson, NIH Elizabeth Grice,
Geneticist

Body Bacteria
Grice studies the bacteria that live on human skin. Her work could lead to new ways to treat chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers.


September 2011

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George Hightower George Hightower,
M.D.-Ph.D. Graduate Student

HIV on the Brain
Hightower searches for genetic mutations that affect HIV's ability to infect the brain.

Dr. Cara AltimusCara Altimus,
Postdoctoral Researcher

A Light on Life's Rhythms
Altimus studies how cells, proteins and genes control learning, memory and the body's internal clock.


January 2011

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Dr. Brian Bachmann Brian Bachmann,
Biosynthetic Chemist

Drugs from Deep Down
Bachmann searches for compounds in caves that could help with drug development.

Dr. Amy PalmerAmy Palmer,
Biochemist

Mesmerized by Metals
Palmer tracks metals in brain cells to find out about diseases.


September 2010

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Dr. Estela Arrese Estela Arrese,
Biochemist

Fats and Flies
Arrese studies fat storage and regulation in insects.

Dr. Kevin TraceyKevin Tracey,
Neurosurgeon, Immunologist

For Janice
Tracey studies why our immune systems cause illness.


March 2010

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Dr. Gary ChurchillGary Churchill,
Biostatistician

Mountains and Mouse Genes
Churchill uses mouse genetics to study human disease.

Dr. Julie Johnson Julie Johnson,
Chemical Pharmacist

The Right Fit
Johnson studies genes in order to personalize prescription drugs.


September 2009

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Dr. Marc ZimmerMarc Zimmer,
Biochemist

Green Light
Zimmer studies glow in the dark proteins.

Dr. Lola Eniola-Adefeso Lola Eniola-Adefeso,
Chemical Engineer

Special Delivery
Eniola-Adefeso studies methods to improve heart disease drugs.


February 2009 - Special Evolution Theme Issue

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Dr. Sarah TishkoffSarah Tishkoff,
Evolutionary Geneticist

Genetic Footprints
Tishkoff studies evolution and its role in shaping human history and human health.

Dr. Joe Thornton Joe Thornton,
Evolutionary Biologist

Past to Present
Thornton studies the evolution of the endocrine system.


September 2008

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Dr. Erik SorensenErik Sorensen,
Chemist

Mimicking Mother Nature
Sorensen specializes in making natural products.
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Dr. Cynthia McMurray Cynthia McMurray,
Molecular Biologist

Living With Huntington's
McMurray studies how Huntington's disease destroys cells.
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March 2008

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Dr. Atul ButteAtul Butte,
Doctor-Scientist

Dr. Data
Butte uses computers to re-classify diseases.
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Dr. Peggy Goodell Peggy Goodell,
Researcher

Mastering Stem Cells
Goodell pursues the properties and uses of stem cells.
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September 2007

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Dr. Luisa Ann DiPietroLuisa Ann DiPietro,
Dentist-Immunologist

Healthy Healing
DiPietro studies wound healing.
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Dr. Stephen Eubank Stephen Eubank,
Physicist

Social Studies
Eubank studies social networks.
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March 2007

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Dr. Drew Endy Drew Endy,
Synthetic Biologist

Do-It-Yourself Biology
Endy blends engineering, biology, and computer programming to find out how life works.
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Dr. Cynthia Otto Cynthia Otto,
Veterinarian

Dogging Sepsis
Otto studies sepsis, a dramatic, full-body reaction to an injury or illness.
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September 2006

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Dr. Chiara CirelliChiara Cirelli,
Neuroscientist

Recipe for Sleep
Cirelli studies the basic biology of sleep
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Dr. Yuri Lazebnik Yuri Lazebnik,
Cell Biologist

Hunting a Killer
Lazebnik studies cell fusion and cancer.
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March 2006

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Dr. Neil KelleherNeil Kelleher,
Chemical Biologist

The Humpty Dumpty Dilemma
Kelleher uses "top-down" mass spectrometry to weigh proteins
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Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna Mavis Agbandje-McKenna,
Structural Biologist

Viral Voyages
Agbandje-McKenna studies how viruses infect cells.
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September 2005

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Dr. Dyann Wirth Dyann Wirth,
Geneticist

Science Without Borders
Wirth works with researchers throughout the world to study malaria.
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Dr. David BakerDavid Baker,
Computational Biologist

The Family Business
Baker custom designs computer software to predict the three-dimensional shapes of proteins.
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March 2005

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Dr. Andrés García Andrés García,
Engineer

The Forces That Bind
García studies cell stickiness to create new biomaterials that can heal bones.
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Dr. Hilary Godwin Hilary Godwin,
Chemist

Getting the Lead Out
Godwin studies the chemistry of lead poisoning.
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October 2004

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Dr. Bonnie Bassler Bonnie Bassler,
Bacterial Geneticist

Bugging the Bugs
Bassler studies how bacteria communicate with each other.
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Dr. Ram Sasisekharan Ram Sasisekharan,
Biological Engineer

Life Is Sweet
Sasisekharan studies sugar molecules called carbohydrates.
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February 2004

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Dr. Gene Robinson Gene Robinson,
Entomologist

A Sting of Love
Robinson studies honeybee behavior.
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Dr. Serrine Lau Serrine Lau,
Toxicologist

Chemical World
Lau studies the role of genes in the body's response to chemical exposure.
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September 2003

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Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne Maggie Werner-Washburne,
Biologist

A Perfect Mix
Werner-Washburne bridges biology and mathematics in her quest to track the activity of thousands of genes at the same time in living cells.

Dr. Daniel Sessler Daniel Sessler,
Anesthesiologist

Asking Good Questions
Sessler's fundamental questions about the way the body controls its temperature have led to major health improvements for surgery patients.


February 2003

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Dr. Brad Goodner Brad Goodner,
Biologist

Planting Seeds
Goodner's college students help him study the genetic secrets of bacteria that can infect both plants and humans.

Dr. Dorothee Kern Dorothee Kern,
Biophysicist, former professional basketball player

Enzymes, Magnets, Action!
Kern studies enzymes using NMR spectroscopy.


September 2002

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Dr. Baldomero Olivera Baldomero Olivera,
Biochemist

Secrets of the Killer Snails
Olivera studies how the venom of marine cone snails may be used to treat pain.

Dr. Elaine Bearer Elaine Bearer,
Pathologist

Cells in Motion
Bearer is fascinated by how cells in the body move around and change their shape.


March 2002

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Dr. Terry Gaasterland Terry Gaasterland,
Expert on Artificial Intelligence

Taking a Byte Out of Biology
Gaasterland is getting computers to learn how to read the language hidden in our DNA.

Dr. Hobart Harris Hobart Harris,
Physician-scientist

A Chance Discovery
Harris is trying to solve the molecular mysteries behind a deadly body-wide infection called sepsis.


September 2001

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Dr. Geoffrey Chang Geoffrey Chang,
Biophysicist

Crystals for a Cure
Chang's electron density maps reveal not only the atomic skeleton of a protein but also a work of beauty and perfection.

Dr. Angelika Amon Angelika Amon,
Molecular Biologist

A Great Divide
Amon's basic research into how cells grow and divide is making important inroads toward understanding the problem of birth defects.


February 2001

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Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado,
Biologist

The Worm Returns
Alvarado uses glow-in-the-dark fluorescent labels to study cells in flatworms.

Dr. Laura Kiessling Laura Kiessling,
Chemist

Sticky Situations
Kiessling's tailor-made molecules are shedding light on cell "stickiness" and possible treatments for inflammation and other illnesses.


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