Happy Father's Day from ASBMB


In observance of Father’s Day, we asked scientist-dads to share photos of themselves with their kids, and we asked scientists to share photos of themselves with their fathers and father figures. If you’d like to submit a photo for the collection, please email it with a caption and photo credit to our media specialist, Allison Frick.

Bottom left: Alex Toker of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School sent this photo of him with two of his children, Nicholas and Katherine. Nicholas majored in neuroscience at Skidmore College and is working as a research assistant in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Katherine is a freshman at Endicott College studying psychology. Right: Toker’s son Gabriel, who just turned 5, is a budding scientist. Here he undertakes a fun science experiment at home while dressed as Spiderman. Top left: Nicholas and Katherine play in Toker’s lab back in 2001. ASBMB science policy analyst Chris Pickett with his daughter, NancyASBMB's chief science correspondent Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay sent us this photo of her with her geologist dad, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay. She said: “This photo was taken in January when we attended a relative’s wedding in India. My dad has been influential in teaching me the beauty of math. And, even though he was the scientist-parent, he also taught me the wonders of history, literature and philosophy.” Top left: Dan Raben (center) of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shared this photo of his two sons, daughter-in-law, Jaime, and wife, Marian. Tim is working toward a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Sam, who has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, is an expert in fluid dynamics. “The boys have always been around science of some kind as I’m a biochemist and their mother is a physician’s assistant,” said Raben. “It was interesting that while both of my sons love science they gravitated -- no pun intended -- to more physics/engineering aspects of science.” Raben added that his wife’s father was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and “worked on the space program when it began until just after the Apollo projects.” From right: Fred Guengerich of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine shared this shot of him with (from left) his daughter-in-law Sara, son Phillip and daughter Laura. They were hiking at Grewingk Glacier Lake in Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska. “I have been very blessed to have both a very interesting life in biochemistry balanced with a wonderful family -- my wife, Cheryl, and three children, Phillip, Laura, & Anna,” Guengerich said. “All three children are special to us in their own ways.” From right: Jack Dixon at the University of California San Diego sent this photo of him with his son Jesse and 7-month-old granddaughter, Kristen, at Jesse’s graduation from the M.D./Ph.D. program at UCSD. During the ceremony, Dixon hooded his son twice. Jesse Dixon will be a Helmsley–Salk Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. “Regarding science in our family life, our kids really couldn’t get away from it,” said Jack Dixon’s wife Claudia Kent. “I was also a scientist and even an officer of ASBMB, so there would be plenty of shop talk in our daily family activities … However, we never pressured our children to enter into a scientific or medical field … Our daughter, Sarah, majored in community studies in college and eventually earned both an M.D. and master’s in public health. She is currently finishing up a year as chief resident in pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.” Ralph Bradshaw of the University of California, San Francisco, shared this shot of him with his daughter, Amy. It was taken at the top of the Coit Tower in San Francisco. Amy is an associate professor of medicine and anatomy and cell biology at the Medical University of South Carolina. “Her research interests are in extracellular matrix and its role in cell function and cardiology. That nicely touches on my own work on growth factor signaling,” said Ralph Bradshaw. Like her father, Amy Bradshaw completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle. She contributed to an upcoming article that will appear in the Encyclopedia of Cell Biology that Bradshaw is co-editing. He said that’s “probably about as close to a joint publication as we will get.”