Karen Hopkin

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High-Tech Choir Master

By | January 1, 2012

Elaine Mardis can make DNA sequencers sing, generating genome data that shed light on evolution and disease.

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Critical Connections

By | December 1, 2011

Through a series of sustained collaborations, Joshua Sanes has deciphered the molecular synergy that guides synapse formation.

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Beyond Expectation

By | September 1, 2011

Philippa “Pippa” Marrack has made some unanticipated discoveries about how the immune system functions in health and disease.

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3-D Seer

By | August 1, 2011

Dissatisfied with the uncertainty of crystallography, Ned Seeman invented a new way of assembling the molecules that encompass the logic of life.

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Foresight

By | July 1, 2011

Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.

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Making the Gradient

By | May 25, 2011

Ron Kaback didn’t believe that electrochemical gradients could power the transport of sugars and amino acids across cell membranes—until he proved that they do.

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Harvesting Ideas

By | April 1, 2011

Joy Ward is reaping the rewards of her studies on how plants handle global climate change—gathering academic accolades and presidential embraces along the way.

Ready, Reset, Go

By | March 1, 2011

Rudolf Jaenisch enjoys climbing mountains, rafting rapids, and unraveling the secrets of pluripotency—knowledge that could someday lead to personalized regenerative medicine.

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Impure Genius

By | February 1, 2011

Lewis Cantley has made a career of turning chemical contaminants into groundbreaking discoveries—including novel lipids, potent inhibitors, and kinases involved in cancer.

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Watt Fun!

By | January 1, 2011

Her doctoral advisor told her to amuse herself, and Fiona Watt has done just that—probing individual stem cells and determining the genes and molecules that direct them to differentiate or cause them to contribute to cancer.

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