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    Meet 10 scientists who are making their mark

    Just as in baseball, politics and Hollywood, science has its up-and-coming stars. They just don’t always get as much publicity as, say, Bryce Harper or Lupita Nyong’o. Most scientists are lucky to get a media mention as a name attached to a discovery. But their personal stories and change-the-world goals are worth some attention.

    To identify some of the early-career scientists on...

    09/22/2015 - 11:02 Science & Society
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    William Detmold: Looking deep into atoms' hearts

    William Detmold, 40MIT | Nuclear PhysicsGraduate school: University of Adelaide, Australia 

    William Detmold exposes matter at its most fundamental — with the help of some serious processing power.

    The MIT theoretical physicist uses supercomputers to simulate how parcels of matter far too small to be seen through a microscope bind together to form the nuclei of atoms. His research...

    09/22/2015 - 11:00 Particle Physics, Computing, Science & Society
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    Benyam Kinde: Gene expression and Rett syndrome

    Benyam Kinde, 27Harvard/MIT | NeurobiologyGraduate school: Harvard

    Many people view the brain as the last frontier of human health research, says Benyam Kinde. “We still don’t know very much about how individual cells in the brain coordinate the activity of higher-level function that defines us as humans,” he says.

    This mystery is one that Kinde, an M.D. and Ph.D. student at...

    09/22/2015 - 10:59 Genetics, Science & Society, Neuroscience
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    Isaac Kinde: Finding cancer via altered genes

    Isaac Kinde, 31Papgene, Inc. | BiotechnologyGraduate school: Johns Hopkins

    Isaac Kinde became interested in medicine in elementary school. On Sundays, his father, a large-animal veterinarian, brought Isaac to work. “Seeing what disease could do to animals got me interested, piqued my curiosity,” Kinde says.

    Kinde is chief scientific officer at PapGene, a small biotechnology startup...

    09/22/2015 - 10:58 Cancer, Science & Society, Genetics
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    Priya Rajasethupathy: Memories mark DNA

    Priya Rajasethupathy, 31Stanford | NeuroscienceGraduate school: Columbia

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    Priya Rajasethupathy’s research has been called groundbreaking, compelling and beautifully executed. It’s also memorable.

    Rajasethupathy, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, investigates how the brain remembers. Her work probes the molecular machinery that governs memories. Her most...

    09/22/2015 - 10:57 Neuroscience, Science & Society, Genetics, Epigenetics
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    Steve Ramirez: Erasing fear memories

    Steve Ramirez, 27Harvard | NeuroscienceGraduate school: MIT

    If not for a broken piece of lab equipment and a college crush, Steve Ramirez might never have gone into neuroscience. As an undergraduate at Boston University his interests were all over the place: He was taking a humanities course and classes in philosophy and biochemistry while working several hours a week in a biology lab....

    09/22/2015 - 10:54 Neuroscience, Science & Society
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    Sarah Reisman: Better synthesis of natural compounds

    Sarah Reisman, 36Caltech | Organic ChemistryGraduate school: Yale

    Organic chemistry haunts most pre-med students, but not Sarah Reisman. The two-semester class was so invigorating that she abandoned her pre-med major to pursue chemistry.

    “Organic chem presented me with this idea that we could do things that are new,” says Reisman, who heads a lab at Caltech. “The idea that I could...

    09/22/2015 - 10:52 Chemistry, Science & Society
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    Yasser Roudi: Creating maps in the brain

    Yasser Roudi, 34Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Computational NeuroscienceGraduate school: SISSA in Trieste, Italy

    Your senses are bombarded by constant information — sounds, colors, shapes and ever-changing motion — yet you don’t notice most of these things. The brain has figured out ways to pay attention to relevant information and ignore distractions.

    How the...

    09/22/2015 - 10:52 Neuroscience, Computing, Science & Society
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    Shinsei Ryu: Error-free quantum calculations

    Shinsei Ryu, 37Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Quantum PhysicsGraduate school: University of Tokyo

    On the boundary between the quantum and everyday realms, things don’t always make a whole lot of sense. The bundles of particles that make up materials behave in ways both unexpected and unexplained. This is the weird world that theoretical physicist Shinsei Ryu hopes to bring into...

    09/22/2015 - 10:50 Quantum Physics, Condensed Matter, Physics, Science & Society
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    Gia Voeltz: Redrawing the cell's floor plan

    Gia Voeltz, 43University of Colorado Boulder | Cell biologyGraduate school: Yale

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    Gia Voeltz didn’t set out to rewrite biology textbooks. She just wanted to make a movie.

    A cell biologist at the University of Colorado Boulder, Voeltz was studying a humble part of the cell called the ER, for endoplasmic reticulum. In illustrations, it’s the pile of wavy lines...

    09/22/2015 - 10:49 Cells, Science & Society