I am a scientist. Mine is a professional world that achieves great things for humanity.
Our cells engage in protein production, and many of those proteins are enzymes responsible for the chemistry of life.
I got into science because I thought that, with inspiration and hard work, I could figure out how life works.
I was driven completely by a desire to understand how cells worked.
The idea that I could push the envelope using dedication and research and endless curiosity has propelled me in my life's work.
It's actually a very unpleasant experience to read a Nature paper, or to read a Science paper.
The night before the Nobel announcement every year, I've gone to bed feeling quite anxious. I was optimistic, and also I knew it might never happen.
It is common, and encouraged by many journals, for research to be judged by the impact factor of the journal that publishes it. But as a journal's score is an average, it says little about the quality of any individual piece of research.
Everything I did in high school was focused on microbiology, looking at things like algae under a microscope for hours on end. When I was 13, I saved up $100 to buy a good used microscope. I was obsessed with microorganisms.
When I was a postdoc, I jotted every fresh thought on a three-by-five card and kept them in a card catalogue.
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