Read about Angelika Amon, Ph.D., in the September 2001 issue.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Some days, Angelika Amon is just another mom at the playground dusting off her daughter after sandbox excavations. But every day, Amon’s intense drive as a scientist pushes her forward to ask new questions about biology and to look for new ways to answer those important questions.
Her work focuses primarily on how cells grow and divide. Amon is eager to crack the puzzle of how chromosomes “know how” to segregate correctly nearly every time. Eventually, her work may touch on issues related to how embryos develop and make important inroads toward understanding the problem of birth defects.