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Sarah Bowman’s Personal Story


“My first college degree was in English, and I worked in a successful bookstore before becoming a chemist.”


Sarah shares how she “changed her mind” about careers after completing her first bachelors degree in the humanities and taking a chemistry class that opened her eyes to the wonders of atoms and molecules. She urges people to pursue what they want to do, regardless of age.

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    MIT postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Cathy Drennan’s Lab

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

    I am still working with proteins from H. pylori, because trying to understand the ways metals help this pathogen function is just super interesting!

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

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is my all time favorite book.

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

    In college, I was on the cross-country team.  In high school, I ran cross-country and track, and swam competitively.  I also used to play the trumpet.