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An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

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The UCLA geneticist examines how defects in a histone protein lead to symptoms throughout the body.

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image: Ilana Chefetz Confronts Ovarian Cancer

Ilana Chefetz Confronts Ovarian Cancer

By Jim Daley | April 1, 2018

The University of Minnesota researcher is on the front lines in the fight against the disease.

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Studying pharmacogenetics in lab rodents prepared the Columbia University professor to investigate the biological underpinnings of substance use disorders in humans.

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The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.

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image: Annina Schmid Dissects Nerve Disorders

Annina Schmid Dissects Nerve Disorders

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

A background in physiotherapy helps the Oxford-based researcher mix basic science with clinical work to better understand pain stemming from nerve compression.

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.

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image: Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.

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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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image: Kate Rubins Was the First to Sequence DNA in Space

Kate Rubins Was the First to Sequence DNA in Space

By Aggie Mika | September 1, 2017

The virologist turned NASA astronaut pioneered DNA sequencing in space and conducted experiments in microgravity.

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