True stories


ASBMB Today Editor Angela Hopp introduces our new essay series about finding inspiration and overcoming challenges while navigating a life in science.

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The uses of metabolic adversity


Wendy Knapp Pogozelski's contribution to the "Derailed but Undeterred" essay series begins: "Blurred vision was the first sign that something was wrong. The front row of the freshman chemistry class I was teaching looked strangely fuzzy. Then, over the next few days, I was gripped by an unquenchable thirst and was constantly fatigued. Seemingly overnight I lost eight pounds. I recognized the symptoms of diabetes, but I was young(ish), slim(ish) and an avid kick-boxer. Mine was not the typical diabetic profile."

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From Sierra Leone to New York City


The second piece in our essay series is by Martha Lewis, who fled Sierra Leone as a child and who is now pursuing a life in science.

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I am a Ph.D. student, and I’m a survivor


The third piece in our essay series is by Aditi S. Iyengar, who writes with honesty and wit about the gantlet that is graduate school.

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‘I’d have to build the rails first’


In his contribution to ASBMB Today's "Derailed but Undeterred" essay series, Jonathan Gitlin of the National Human Genome Research Institute recalls the challenges he experienced as a noncitizen forging a career in U.S. science policy.

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With a lot of help from my friends


In her contribution to ASBMB Today's essay series "Derailed but Undeterred," Christine Guthrie of the University of California at San Francisco candidly recalls how she, as a young investigator, survived a particularly dark period.

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Imposter syndrome: beating the blue-eyed monster


Bethany Brookshire, otherwise known as SciCurious, talks about a condition that makes often highly accomplished people unable to feel or internalize their own accomplishments.

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My spouse and the mouse


In this month's contribution to our Derailed but Undeterred personal essay series, Harvey J. Armbrecht writes about his wife's diagnosis of Lewy body disease and about the SAMP8 mouse, a spontaneous animal model for early memory loss.

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Derailed, deterred, got over it


In the second to last installment of our “Derailed but Undeterred” essay series, H. Jane Dyson writes about the expectations she faced when starting her career, the disappointments that made her question her path and the decisions that sealed her fate.

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Just a kid from the farm


In the final installment of our "Derailed but Undeterred" series, F. Peter Guengerich writes about how working on his family's farm conditioned him to become a disciplined researcher. He writes, in part, "When I was 10, Dad told me one night that he thought I was old enough to drive a tractor. He gave me an operating manual, told me to learn the gearshift pattern and said that he would show me how the next day."

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Entropy happens


Thomas E. Schindler closes out our "Derailed but Undeterred" essay series with this touching reflection on his daughter's battle with cancer.

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