“My dyslexia was so severe that I wasn’t supposed to be able to graduate high school.”
Cathy explains how her dyslexia, and other people’s low expectations of her because of it, have not prevented her from excelling in science and becoming a full professor at MIT. In fact, her “disability” has given her a unique set of visualization skills that allow her to better understand protein shapes and how they fit together.
Crystallographers are explorers of the molecular world. We are the first to ‘see’ what a protein molecule looks like. Sometimes the structure of the molecule is not what anyone expected and that changes everything.
I like mysteries. Harlan Coben is my favorite mystery writer.
I like outdoor activities: hiking, fly fishing, canoeing and backpacking.
Aretha Franklin’s, “Spirit in the Dark” or Talking Heads, “Once in A Lifetime” or Bruce Springsteen’s, “Dancing in the Dark.”
Play the piano.
Nobel laureate Gobind Khorana had Mary Barreras’s quote on the chalkboard in his office, “Take care of the difficult today and leave the impossible for tomorrow.”
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