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John Essigmann’s Personal Story


“My first job was analyzing poop… and I thought it was the greatest job in the world.”


John describes how an early industry experience doing real science pushed him to pursue a career as a professor and professional scientist. He also realizes that the Scientific Method is a framework that can be applied to better understanding questions in the real world.

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  • In your current work, where do you find inspiration/real-word application to your research? What about science continues to inspire you?

    I have a lab in Thailand where much of what we do in the field of public health has direct relevance.  We work on biomarkers of disease and the diseases we study, in part, are centered on developing world countries.

  • What is your favorite non-science book, blog, or magazine?

    Last of the Breed by Louis L’amour

  • What kind of student were you?

    Pretty good

  • Did you know how to play a sport or musical instrument? Which one?

    Soccer and skiing through college.

  • What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

    Anything by Meatloaf or Simple Minds

  • If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?


  • Do you have a favorite quotation about science?

    If it ain’t published, it ain’t science.”

  • What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?