Read about Ram Sasisekharan, Ph.D., in the October 2004 issue.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For Ram Sasisekharan, drawing serves as a link between the analytical and visual worlds, bringing new ideas into view. It also helps him step back and look at the many dimensions of a research puzzle.
His particular puzzle involves biological sugar molecules called carbohydrates. While these molecules play many important roles in maintaining our health, they remain poorly understood by scientists. Sasisekharan has figured out a way to decipher them, allowing researchers to study sugar molecules in intricate detail.