Read about Terry Gaasterland, Ph.D., in the March 2002 issue.
The Rockefeller University
New York City, NY
Terry Gaasterland runs a very different kind of lab. It’s not full of petri dishes, test tubes or mice, but rather the hum of computers and hard drives.
Using bioinformatics, she’s able to get a bird’s-eye view of DNA. Her computers filter through extensive amounts of genetic code searching for patterns that could provide clues about everything from protein structures to the causes of lung cancer. By combining computer science and biology, Gaasterland looks deep into DNA to get a more complete picture of what it all does.