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Areas of Interest: Microbial physiology and biochemistry, environmental microbiology, environmental biotechnology, geomicrobiology.
My Story: The very first time that my interest in science was raised, was in high school. I had a nice biology teacher, Mister Roe, who encouraged his students to participate in microbiology experiments at home; I cooked up Petri plates in my mother's pressure cooker and performed some very simple experiments. When I did these things on my own, I realized that science was something fun to engage in. Motto: If you don't try, you won't know Although I always preferred science to the humanities in high school, I did not actually plan to be a scientist. I fell into microbiology when I went to Cornell...