Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2013 No. 15
“What’s new?” Many conversations begin with this phrase. In the Department of Biological Sciences the answer is typically “lots!”
I am a terrible teacher. I talk too fast. I have no sense of timing for a lecture, and I cannot figure out how to contort my body in order to look at my students while writing on the board. I’m not a good teacher – not yet. The Sciences Teaching Club is helping me get there.
Over the past 30 years, a brilliant program in biological imaging and microscopy has grown up at Carnegie Mellon University. Because digital imaging is so embedded into our daily lives, it’s hard to believe that when imaging got started here in the 1990s, collecting a digital image from a microscope was a technical feat. But advances in imaging technology found fertile ground at CMU. Integrating probe development with automation and computational analysis helped transform the field of biological microscopy from an operator-dependent, visual scoring process to a high-throughput, quantitative and systematic approach to understanding the fundamental operations within living cells and organisms.
I’m sitting in the middle of a circle across from a graduate student, and we’re trying to talk at the same time. We’re not interrupting each other — I’m listening to every word, trying to repeat it back simultaneously. I shut my eyes but trail several words behind, never catching up.
Our scientific careers mimic embryogenesis — we develop over time. We start as a simple embryo, like a graduate student, and transform into a complex adult, like an academic professor. Similar to all organisms, we have to make sure that we possess the necessary components for successful development as well as avoid deleterious mutations along the way.
Postdoctoral Appointment, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
Postdoctoral Appointment, Center for Genomic Sciences, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute
Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Northwestern University Medical School
Ph.D. in Physiology, University of Kentucky