Supplement: Mark Tykocinski

Mark Tykocinski By Karen Pallarito Open doors lead a scientist to his calling. RELATED ARTICLES Successful Strategies Margaret Foti: Devoted to cancer research The Launch and the Exit Entrepreneurs Boldly Break New Ground Shire Pharmaceuticals: A Study in Exponential Growth Many Happy Returns: Cephalon celebrates its 20th year Creative Collaboration DUSTIN FENSTERMACHER / WONDERFUL MACHINE In the summer of 1971, Yale undergraduate Mar

Karen Pallarito
Jan 1, 2008
Mark Tykocinski
By Karen Pallarito
Open doors lead a scientist to his calling.
DUSTIN FENSTERMACHER / WONDERFUL MACHINE

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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