How brightly do cells glow
In a dark field?
Winking back at the objective
What shapes do proteins take
In a CHARMMed sea?
Folding back that which was unknown
When do signals fire
In salty streams?
Shouting out all their potential
Where does a Drifter go
In fledgling flight?
Expressing what moves us forward
Why do these codes unfurl
In charged currents?
Spilling secrets to those who ask
Who devours these whispered words
With swelling thirst?
Living life through understanding
Karen Hecht works at the interface between protein quality control and lipid metabolism in yeast. Her thesis work, at the University of Pittsburgh, began at the endoplasmic reticulum and has extended all the way to the cell wall. She looks forward to furthering her reach upon graduation.
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