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A microbiologist, a mechanical engineer, and a chemist tell Science Careers how they ended up in synthetic biology.
By picking up the fundamentals of biology, computer scientists are contributing to the life sciences.
Synthetic biologist Ron Weiss has moved from programming computers to programming cells.
Physicists, mathematicians, and others are finding new ways to apply quantitative skills to biomedical sciences.
Franziska Michor's research skills involve equations and computers, but her goal is clinical: to eliminate cancer.
Trained as a chemist, Jason Chin is rewriting central dogmas of biology by coaxing cells to make proteins containing novel amino acids.
Advances in genetics and molecular biology are providing fresh tools for solving agricultural problems.
Tiago Fleming Outeiro visited several countries and applied research environments before returning home to Portugal and fundamental biology.
First trained as a biology and geology teacher, Portuguese researcher Nuno Henrique Franco looks to improve science by improving animal welfare.
Chave learned the ecology, molecular biology, and chemistry he needed by talking to colleagues, going to seminars, and reading papers.
Mathematician John Wesley Cain works with clinicians, physicists, and engineers in a field called cardiac electrophysiology.
Wilma Lingle started out studying mushrooms but transformed herself into a Mayo Clinic breast cancer researcher and the manager of two core facilities.
Nenad Ban made a name for himself by finally cracking the crystal structures of complex macromolecules.
Justin Siegel rationally engineered unnatural enzymes partly thanks to technology his dad helped develop.
Game designer and former biologist Jeremy Friedberg won an honorable mention in this year's Science Visualization Challenge
"Betty got it right away. You've got to do the work. And I really think that's Betty. She's willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach her goals." --Eric Grotzinger
A passion for learning led University of California, Berkeley, virologist Fenyong Liu across the Pacific and into top American labs.
Molecular biologist Jeff Polish loves an audience, whether they're sitting at desks or on chairs.
Nowadays, "most researchers, especially forest ecologists, are incorporating climate change impacts into their research," says canopy ecologist Catherine Cardelús.
A visual artist, a cartoonist, and a winemaker, all with backgrounds in science, are pursuing unexpected--yet hugely satisfying--careers.
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