Mark Tykocinski
By Karen Pallarito
Open doors lead a scientist to his calling.

In the summer of 1971, Yale undergraduate Mark Tykocinski, who was studying philosophy at the time, wandered into a building on the campus of Boston's Harvard School of Public Health and stumbled upon the lab of famed cardiologist Bernard Lown. The door was open, so he walked in, introduced himself, and asked to work in the lab. That chance meeting with Lown, developer of the cardiac defibrillator, led to three consecutive summers working on special projects that gave the young protégé his first scientific publication as a student.

Working for Lown sealed his destiny, says...

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