Some of the profiles I have done
Neurobiologist Leonid Moroz likes being out at sea. He likes having all the amenities there, too. Such as high-throughput sequencers. And his complete team.
“Although organisms can be taken from the sea to the lab, they often need ocean depths or a certain temperature to survive. And when samples are prepared for travel, they need optimized conditions to not degrade. Three decades of dealing with dead organisms, degraded samples, delayed shipments and customs snafus have led Moroz to try something new: Ship-Seq. “We cannot bring the sea to the lab, but we can bring a whole lab to the sea,” he says.”
Here is how he set up Ship-Seq. (Hint: sequencing quality goes up on the high seas.)
1 x 141-foot boat
1 x generous entrepreneur
1 x ship’s crew
1 x mobile molecular biology lab equipped with lab benches, a sequencer, reagents
1 x manufacturer of a high-throughput sequencer willing to donate an instrument
1 x satellite link to a supercomputer
1 x lab staff and scientist/wife willing to be scientist-sailors
1 x diving equipment
1 x funding National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
3 x support from non-profit organizations: Florida Biodiversity Institute, Florida Museum of Natural History, the International Seakeepers Society
1,000 international units of patience
Several remedies for seasickness
Nature Methods, March 2020
She joined the Berkeley faculty in 2016 and splits her time between the physics and molecular and cell biology departments. She realizes she has always wanted to apply knowledge from one field in another. “I’m just very curious about things, like anything,” she says and it drives her inter- and cross-disciplinary activities. “It’s not something I have to strive for, it’s just something that I really enjoy to be doing,” she says. She reads voraciously about, among other subjects, pop culture, politics and history.
Nature Methods, February 2013
He likes his shirts and biosensors bright. Loren Looger, who leads a research group at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, lights up message transfer in the brain. And he wants to go even further than tracking excitatory messages.
“Proteins are pretty [expletive] awesome,” says Looger. “They are everywhere, doing everything,” handling many biological jobs from lending Spinosaurus its size and a cheetah its speed to helping organisms survive and adapt. To harness that versatility, he engineers proteins with methods that are “equal parts conceptual, modeling based and recreating Darwinian selection in the lab.”
Nature Methods, May 2020
Robinson gets ideas on runs. Because of COVID-19, she now likes winding down the week with virtual social catchups. She would enjoy imaginary virtual tea with Marie Curie, whom she likes because Curie was ahead of her time as a woman in science. Another invitee would be Joseph John Thomson, who separated two low-molecular-weight isotopes in the first mass spec experiment. “Now I’d like to say, ‘you know, look what you started’,” says Robinson.
…Growing up in rural Alabama, Cummings was drawn to the piano at the ripe age of five. “If you wanted any other noise other than bees humming and birds singing, you had to make it yourself,” he says.