Read about Elaine Bearer, M.D., Ph.D., in the September 2002 issue.
Elaine Bearer studied music until the age of 25, when she decided she was interested in a career of a much different tune. Bearer still spends time writing music, but she’s also composing experiments in the lab to explore cell shape and movement.
Bearer is looking at how normal cell motion works and how changes in this movement can spread disease. She’s also studying cell shape, including how platelets (which aren’t really cells) undergo dramatic changes to form clots and stop a cut from bleeding. Her research offers a window to understanding basic life processes as well as treating disease.