Pioneers of Discovery Archives
Biochemistry’s Hodges stays grounded in joy of discovery
Jul. 16, 2015—Albert Einstein once wrote, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” For Emily Hodges, Ph.D., that awakening occurred in a high school science class taught by Trudy Anderson, Ed.D. “She made science exciting,” Hodges said.
Zanic’s journey to the lab followed winding path
Mar. 5, 2015—It’s roughly 5,000 miles from Croatia to Tennessee as the crow flies.
Physician-scientist is dream job for Vanderbilt’s Cassat
Dec. 4, 2014—Jim Cassat, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist who joined the Vanderbilt faculty this summer, loves taking care of children with bone infections and doing research to understand the host-pathogen interactions during these invasive infections.
Ascano seeks to shed light on cellular stress response
Aug. 28, 2014—Ebola. Chikungunya. Influenza. What’s to be done about these headline-grabbing, debilitating, often lethal viruses?
Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator taps into artistic side to reveal cells’ secrets
May. 29, 2014—Dylan Burnette, Ph.D., points to one of the many striking photographs on his office walls. It’s a picture of a cell — a microscopic image showing yellow squiggles, bright purple lines and a turquoise oval on a black background, and it looks like abstract art.
Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator seeks to debug cancer’s ‘bad software’
Jan. 9, 2014—Beyond genetics — that’s the call Oliver McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., heard during the year between college and medical school he spent in a lab at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator explores how cells decide what’s on surface
Dec. 5, 2013—Jason MacGurn, Ph.D., a new assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt, is studying how cells make decisions about the protein composition of the cell surface.
Pioneers of Discovery: Investigator driven to divine cellular ecosystem’s rulebook
Oct. 31, 2013—Ken Lau, Ph.D., a new assistant professor in Cell and Developmental Biology, is out to determine the rules that lead to cells converting from one type to another, for example, when a healthy cell becomes a cancer cell.
Pioneers of Discovery: Computer science drives Capra’s biomedical research
Oct. 3, 2013—Tony Capra, Ph.D., is a new assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics and investigator in the Center for Human Genetics Research at Vanderbilt. His goal is to use the tools of computer science to address problems in genetics, evolution and biomedicine.