Why study that, Jim Cassat?

One of the reasons I created this part of my blog was to dispel myths that I held: 1) scientists could learn a formula for approaching their projects and similarly, 2) there is a formula that scientists must follow to become a research faculty member. Neither one of these is true. Instead, scientists are good thinkers, and research faculty are hired because they have demonstrated this ability. There is no formula in science and in fact, if your science is formulaic, then you’re doing it wrong. Dr. Jim Cassat, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics demonstrates both of these points beautifully in his story.
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Why study that, Chris Aiken?

An interesting part of an adventure is that you never know what your path holds;  another exciting part is joy you get in sharing the travel with others . Both of these attributes could be said about Dr. Chris Aiken’s path in science. Chris is Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt. Read about his journey here!
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Why study that, Sabine Fuhrmann?

In science, we often think about the big picture questions: “How”, “Why”, “What”, etc. Many scientists love those questions, but are also fulfilled by the day-to-day doing of science. That is certainly the case for Dr. Sabine Fuhrmann, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. Read about her excitement for both the big and small parts of her research!
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Why study that, Erin Calipari?

Not every future scientist grows up dreaming of doing research. In fact, as I hope you are learning from this series, every scientist has a different journey. This can be heavily influenced by what, and more importantly, who, they are exposed to. Read how Dr. Erin Calipari, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, found research through the people in her life.
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Why study that, Ray Blind?

I’m excited by our second installment of our “Why study that?” series! Today, you’ll hear from Dr. Ray Blind, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology. His lab uses structural biology to understand nuclear lipid signaling and phospholipid-controlled gene expression. You’ll enjoy his story that showcases the importance of outside perspectives on your journey.
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Why study that, Jim Patton?

What is better than hearing why a scientist is studying what she or he is studying? To me, this personal aspect of science is my favorite. Because our faculty are indeed people, I am adding a new feature to my blog where I ask a faculty member each month: “Why?”. I ask them to describe their work in the context of their interests. We’ll start with our IGP director, Jim Patton. What does he find most interesting about his work?
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