Read about Maggie Werner-Washburne, Ph.D., in the September 2003 issue.
University of New Mexico
Biologist Maggie Werner-Washburne is a unique mix: She has a German and Mexican heritage, degrees in poetry and science and her research brings together biology and math.
Werner-Washburne studies the activity of thousands of genes in living cells. Using yeast, she is looking at active and quiescent, or “resting,” states in the cells. Understanding what turns cells on and off can help her and other researchers understand human infections like tuberculosis, where cells can remain quiescent in the body for weeks or months.