Lyndon Mitnaul

By Kirsten Weir Lyndon Mitnaul Research Fellow, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Merck Research Laboratories COURTESY OF LYNDON MITNAUL Lyndon Mitnaul remembers falling in love. "Around tenth grade I took my first chemistry class," he says, "and I fell in love with science."

Kirsten Weir
Nov 1, 2006


Lyndon Mitnaul
Research Fellow, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Merck Research Laboratories



COURTESY OF LYNDON MITNAUL

Lyndon Mitnaul remembers falling in love. "Around tenth grade I took my first chemistry class," he says, "and I fell in love with science."

Mitnaul is the youngest of seven children, the son of an African-American father and a Japanese mother. After his high school romance with chemistry, he studied the subject at Benedict College, a historically black school in Columbia, SC, and went on to earn a PhD in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. Today he is a research fellow in the division of cardiovascular diseases at Merck Research Laboratories.
"Science is very broad and very dynamic, and we really need a lot of different talents. If we can get more diverse thoughts into a laboratory, we'll advance science and improve everyday life."
Though his path through academia and into industry sounds relatively...

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