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Nozomi Ando’s Personal Story


“Training to be a scientist is like training to be a ninja.”


Nozomi, a self-described artist and comic book lover, describes how her training to become a scientist was akin to that of a ninja. Like a ninja apprenticeship, expert scientists have worked with her at every stage of her career to show her the way of the scientist.

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    MIT postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Cathy Drennan’s Lab

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

    Currently, my morning routine consists of checking the NY Times, Apartment Therapy, and my friend’s blog with photos of her kids.

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

    I liked to draw, all the time.  I was terrible at sports, despite early aspirations of becoming a ninja.

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

    Currently, piano music because I get distracted by vocals.

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

    Space-time travel, probably. Actually, I would like to see the origins of life on earth.