Genes and Science

Science is SO MUCH FUN.  So much fun.  I enjoy my job and I have been doing it for the past 13 years.  My career as a research analyst started in 2003 at Duke University.  I hardly knew how to hold a pipette.  Now, as I’ve continued for the last 3 years at Max Planck in Germany, I am sequencing DNA, cloning (oh my gosh, don’t freak out), injecting worms (I said, don’t freak out!), microscoping (yes, it is a word.  now.)  and designing new methods to test intriguing questions.

During my 10 years at Duke I was lucky enough to work in the best lab ever.  Maybe I’m bias (biased? Oh my gosh, give me a math problem instead of a grammer one!), but I doubt it.  Dr. Hunt Willard’s sandbox is famous.  And I was playing in it!  I had the chance to work with so many great people on topics ranging from centromere stability to inactive chromosomes to epigenetics. My boss lady, Kristin (Dr. Scott, PhD.), always reminded me that I am a scientist and she is the reason I love to get girls excited about research science.  There aren’t enough of us girls working at the bench and Kristin is a true inspiration.

I very much enjoyed building my career under Kristin and Hunt.  If it weren’t for them, I don’t think I would have ever been able to move my career to Germany.  Now I do science in a genome-focused lab whilst trudging my way through Deutsche sprache (speaking german).  Or is it Deutsch sprachen?  Or Deutsch sprache?  Thank the Lord and baby Jesus that MPI’s working language is English, but when I leave the genomes behind, the foreign tongue is kept in check.

I will post little tidbits of science here, trying to keep it uncomplicated.  Maybe I should explain cloning next, so people don’t freak out and burn me at the stake.

I love my career and I hope that you find a career you enjoy as well!

Happy Microscoping.

– Geneious Traveller