A Surprising Journey in Translational Medicine
As I look back over the course of my work, it is easy to see how ideas, observations and discoveries are connected. At times, I must say, I was often worried about the direction of my research and experienced intense moments of discouragement. Each brief eureka moment was balanced by years of dedicated and often difficult work. However, two things propelled me forward: the idea that I could help people and the excitement of discovery. My perseverance was encouraged enormously by mentors, students, collaborative colleagues, and good luck.
I first became interested in applying science to diseases at an early age, growing up on a small chicken farm, in what was then rural New Jersey. By chance I read two books that launched me on my journey: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif. These authors inspired me to dream that although I came from a humble beginning, I might live an original life of creativity and discovery.
As I did the monotonous chores on...
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