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Blackmond Team Research Highlighted as 'Cutting Edge Chemistry in 2011'

Research by Scripps Research Institute Professor Donna Blackmond’s laboratory shedding light on how life took shape on Earth with its preference for L-amino acids and D-sugars has been cited as “cutting edge chemistry in 2011,” by the Royal Chemistry Society's Chemistry World. The study, "A route to enantiopure RNA precursors from nearly racemic starting materials" by Hein et al., was published in Nature Chemistry on August 7, 2011.

Discover Names Loring Lab Research as Among Top 100 Stories in 2011

Research from Scripps Research Professor Jeanne Loring’s lab has been named by Discover magazine as one of its top 100 stories of 2011. In work originally published in the September 4 online edition of Nature Methods, Loring, postdoctoral fellow Inbar Friedrich Ben-Nun, Oliver Ryder of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and other colleagues produced the first stem cells from two endangered animals—a silver-bearded African monkey called the drill and the northern white rhinoceros—transforming the animals’ skin cells into pluripotent stem cells. Viewed as a first step toward greater advancements, the stem cells could eventually make it possible to improve reproduction and genetic diversity for some species or to bolster the health of endangered animals in captivity.

Science Business Lists Research from the Micalizio and Bohn Labs as Year’s Second-Most-Viewed Story

A study from the laboratories of Associate Professors Glen Micalizio and Laura Bohn was listed among the top ten most-viewed stories by Science Business. In the study, published May 23 by the journal Nature Chemistry, the team for the first time accomplished a laboratory synthesis of a rare natural product isolated from the bark of a plant widely employed in traditional medicine. This advance may provide the scientific foundation to develop an effective alternative to commonly prescribed narcotic pain treatments.

Bridget Carragher Offers Reflections on Science Career for NWiS

Recounting a journey that began in her native South Africa as the only woman studying physics in her year at the University of the Witwatersrand, Scripps Research Associate Professor Bridget Carragher provided a personally reflective account of her career in science research at a recent Network for Women in Science (NWiS) Female Lecture Series presentation on the California campus.

That journey led Carragher to the United States, a master’s degree in physics from Northwestern University, and a doctorate in Biophysics from the University of Chicago, which sparked her research focus in electron microscopy and image processing. With a career impacted by the challenges of a two-career family—husband, Steven Bradlow, is a professor in mathematics—Carragher’s professional pathway has traveled through California’s Silicon Valley, a sabbatical in England, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and finally, in 2001 to the Scripps Research Department of Cell Biology, where her research focus is automated molecular microscopy. She also directs the National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy and is chief science officer for NanoImaging Services, a molecular microscopy imaging services provider.

Ending her “random walk through doing a job I absolutely love,” Carragher offered the NWiS lecture audience several reflections:

  • “Do what you love or fall in love with what you do.”
  • “It’s great to have a supportive family,” including two children who advise her “don’t quit your day job; you’d be terrible at home.”
  • “It helps to have some luck. Mine has come from wonderful colleagues, mentors, and friends. So pay it forward.”
  • (Paraphrasing Caryn Lescher) “ ‘Thirty is the age when you get your head together and your body starts falling apart’, so make the most of both stages.”

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Scripps Research Associate Professor Bridget Carragher spoke about her career at a recent Network for Women in Science meeting. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)