Crystals in lab, rock on stage

Danish rock musician Johan Olsen is just as excited about protein crystals as he is about his band's new album

Chris Tachibana
When linkurl:Johan Olsen; walks through the Copenhagen University cafeteria, undergraduates' eyes light up in recognition. Olsen does beautiful protein crystallography, but that's probably not why he's such a hit with the student body. He's famous in his native Denmark for being the lead singer for linkurl:Magtens Korridorer,; one of the country's most popular rock bands. In 2006, they won the Danish equivalent of a Grammy for new band of the year, and performed at linkurl:Roskilde Festival,; an event that draws 75,000 people annually, with headliners like Prince and Patti Smith. During his own undergraduate days, Olsen wasn't looking to add "Grammy-winning rock star" to his resume. "I have a musical background in the sense that as a kid I played the violin, and my father is a musician with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra," he says. "I sang constantly at home, which my mother and brother hated, but I have...

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