Sidetracked to Bioinformatics

How Did I Get That Job? | Sidetracked to Bioinformatics Photo: © Bill Geddes Lincoln SteinResearcher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Early Indications: My original plan was to be a science journalist. At Johns Hopkins University I started taking science courses along with my writing classes to be a better journalist, but got sidetracked. I became interested in the life sciences and never got back to my original plan. Also, I've always enjoyed computers, even since high school. In

The Scientist Staff
Jan 26, 2003

How Did I Get That Job? | Sidetracked to Bioinformatics


Photo: © Bill Geddes
 Lincoln Stein
Researcher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Early Indications: My original plan was to be a science journalist. At Johns Hopkins University I started taking science courses along with my writing classes to be a better journalist, but got sidetracked. I became interested in the life sciences and never got back to my original plan. Also, I've always enjoyed computers, even since high school. In graduate school at Harvard I became the resident computer whiz of the pathology department.

Pivotal paper: Even though I was a coauthor among dozens, the paper I'm most proud of is the human physical map (P. Deloukas et al., "A physical map of 30,000 human genes," Science, 282:744-6, 1998).

Mentors of merit: Nathan Goodman, from my graduate work at Harvard, was my primary mentor for informatics. He taught me the...

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