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The evolution of a cell biologist

Authors
  • Lippincott-Schwartz, Jennifer1
  • 1 Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA 20147
Type
Published Article
Journal
Molecular Biology of the Cell
Publisher
American Society for Cell Biology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
31
Issue
25
Pages
2763–2767
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1091/mbc.E20-09-0603
PMID: 33253077
PMCID: PMC7851866
Source
PubMed Central
Disciplines
  • ASCB Award Essay
License
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Abstract

I am honored and humbled to receive the E. B. Wilson Medal and happy to share some reflections on my journey as a cell biologist. It took me a while to realize that my interest in biology would center on how cells are spatially and dynamically organized. From an initial fascination with cellular structures I came to appreciate that cells exhibit dynamism across all scales—from their molecules, to molecular complexes, to organelles. Uncovering the principles of this dynamism, including new ways to observe and quantify it, has been the guiding star of my work.

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