Peter Satir, a native New Yorker, became interested in ciliary motility when he saw protozoans swimming for the first time at Bronx High School of Science. Satir is currently a distinguished university professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the anatomy and structural biology department, where he researches the mechanisms of primary cilia signaling, evolution of cilia, ciliogenesis, and nanotechnology using molecular motors. The question of how cilia move is a “beautiful basic problem with tremendous implications for evolution,” since cilia are found everywhere from structure to biochemistry to molecular composition. He writes about his research on p. 30.
Judith Stegmueller is the Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen, Germany. Her lab studies the ubiquitin-proteasome system’s roles in brain development, including how “misregulation contributes to neurodegeneration and brain disorders.” Stegmueller “got hooked on neuroscience” as an undergrad. “The complexity and the beauty of it instantly fascinated me and still does.” Stegmueller and Azad Bonni at Harvard Medical School (who is also a member of the Faculty of Neuroscience at F1000) present a new concept on p. 55 that “controlled destruction of specific proteins by the UPS is essential for the creation of neurons from a pool of non-committed cells in the developing brain.”
Megan Scudellari began writing at The Scientist in 2008 as an intern, then started a freelance career, writing for us and other publications. Now back in the fold (as a correspondent), she focuses on online news. Scudellari says she “enjoys the fast turnaround” associated with daily news stories, and it has caused her to start reading more scientific literature. But she doesn’t just cover online news—this month, Scudellari wrote a feature on traumatic brain injuries. She first became interested in the topic after attending a seminar on traumatic brain injury at a conference in February of this year. She was “sitting in a huge hall without that many people,” and “was astounded by the number of people with TBIs and what seemed like little funding.” Thankfully, the field appears to be finally making some progress, which she describes on p. 36.
Lisa Modica is associate art director at The Scientist. Modica does everything art-related at the magazine, from contacting people for existing art to hiring people for custom designs to creating infographics. Modica recently completed a web-based and interactive flash course, and put her new skills to work for the June online issue in the feature “Mafia Wars.” This month, Modica designed the layout for Best Places to Work in Academia (p. 43), and says that the Best Places to Work features are among her favorites. In addition, Modica is a freelance designer. Her work can be found at lisamodica.com—a website which she designed and built herself.