I remember the moment I first fell in love with chemistry. Analyzing NMR data that I had collected, it thrilled me that through these experiments, I had taken a colorless vial of molecules, each one only a few millionths the diameter of a pencil tip, and now I could “see” them, probe their structures, and infer how they might behave.
I grew up reading fantasy, and to me, this felt like magic.
I spent the rest of my undergraduate career characterizing nucleic acids by NMR spectroscopy. Now I work for a biopharmaceutical company, where I characterize biotherapeutics, like monoclonal antibodies and vaccines, primarily by mass spectrometry. Probing the structures of chemical and biological molecules for insight is my passion. It’s never stopped feeling like magic, and now I get to do it every day.
In my free time, I write speculative fiction. For me, this is a fun way to probe how scientific and technological advances can impact people’s daily lives, often by driving shifts in law, policy, and culture.
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