The Chemophilately Museum


A biochemist and passionate stamp collector has assembled an online museum of chemistry-themed stamps.

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The maestro’s weaving art


A poem honors a professor's grant-writing skills.

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A mock PI works out


Vivian Tang's poem explores the benefits of pretending to be a PI and getting some exercise.

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Hobbies: Science and spices


Rajini Rao at Johns Hopkins University researches ion transport proteins and writes a food blog that celebrates her love of storytelling and cooking with spices. She shares her passion and popular pilaf recipe with ASBMB Today.

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Hobbies: 1,200-pound dance partner


Getting a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biochemistry doesn’t leave you with much free time. But Sarah Martin, a newly minted Ph.D. with a policy fellowship at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, found a way to make time between lab hours and piles of research for what she loves most: dressage.

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ACDC: What’s in the name?


Eleftherios Diamandis runs the ACDC lab at the University of Toronto. The lab name pays homage to legendary rock band AC/DC and stands for the Advanced Centre for Detection of Cancer.

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Hobbies: Pursuing dragons and damsels with Hal White


In her contribution to our ongoing "Hobbies" series, contributor Martina Efeyini interviews Harold White III, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware. In his free time, White studies and writes about dragonflies and damselflies, members of the carnivorous Odonata order of insects.

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Hobbies: Something is fishy in the dean’s office!


Mark Schmitt is a dean at Upstate Medical University in the State University of New York. His passions in life include the endoribonuclease RNase MRP and a 120-gallon saltwater reef fish tank containing a variety of fish and coral.

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‘I found the notes’


Rossie Clark-Cotton, a Ph.D. student at Duke University, writes about learning to play the viola as an adult.

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From project to runway


Andrea Hadjikyriacou, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, writes about her hobby: fashion blogging.

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How to meet rock stars and pageant beauties


A celebrity hound to the core, Eleftherios P. Diamandis recalls a trip to India that started with science and ended with stars.

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Arrowhead hunting with Jackie Corbin


Jackie Corbin, an emeritus professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University, goes hunting for arrowheads almost every week. He has four frames of them hanging on the wall, each with 25 to 30. “These are all of my best ones,” Corbin says proudly. “I show off.”

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Break it down again


Sam Castaneda, a senior undergraduate who is studying and purifying initiation factors by proteolysis methods in the lab of Gregor Blaha, gives us a glimpse of what she does in her free time.

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Confessions, in verse


Aditi Dubey kicks off our "Hobbies" series with a poem about a beverage popular among graduate students.

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