Mineola, sometimes. But mostly in my lab at Cold Spring Harbor.
I'm a cancer biologist at CSHL.
We study the genetic differences between normal cells and cancer cells. We're particularly interested in aneuploidy. This is a condition frequently found in cancer in which cells gain or lose entire pieces of DNA, like you see in Down syndrome.
I went to college at Princeton. I started out generally interested in science, but didn't know what I wanted to major it. Then, in freshman year physics, they taught us all of physics that had been done up until 1920. In freshman chemistry, they taught us all of chemistry that had been done up until 1950. In freshman biology, they taught us about experiments that were going on that week. So it seemed like biology was the field to study where there was the most left to explore!
After that, I went to grad school at MIT. They say that getting an education at MIT is like trying to take a drink from a firehose. It's scary and sometimes painful, but if you're thirsty, it's definitely worth it.
Every day, I could discover something that no one else in all of human history knew before.
These days — I wake up and check Twitter to see if the world ended while I was asleep. If it didn't, I head to lab. In lab, I spend time writing papers, analyzing data, meeting with students, doing experiments myself, and Gchatting with my partner, who sadly works in Manhattan.
It provides an infinite capacity to help other people and better the human condition.
Don't be intimidated, no one actually knows what they're doing. Just work hard and the rest will follow.
We are made of stardust — all of the carbon, nitrogen, and heavy atoms in our bodies were created in the hearts of stars.
I have a wonderful partner who works as a software engineer in the city.
Efficient and on-time public transportation; Highly-responsive local government that acts with honesty and integrity; Traffic-free commuting.