Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

Matt Yeh is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Applied Physics program at Harvard University. He is interested in studying how light-matter interaction can be used for quantum information science. Jovana Andrejevic is a fifth-year Applied Physics Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Cover image by Media Design and Media Publishing from Pixabay. This biography is part of … Continue reading Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

by Matthew Yeh Ever wondered how laser eye surgery can be so precise, or how scientists can study processes that unravel over a billionth of a billionth of a second? Donna Strickland has got you covered! While a PhD student at the University of Rochester, she developed the technique of chirped pulse amplification (CPA), thus enabling the creation of ultra-short, high-intensity laser pulses. Beyond LASIK, … Continue reading Donna Strickland: Life in the (ultra)fast lane

Youyou Tu — An Exceptional Nobel Laureate

Xiaomeng Han is a graduate student in the Harvard Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience. She uses electron microscopy to study neuronal connectivity. Cover image by Angelo Rosa from Pixabay This biography is part of our “Picture a Scientist” initiative. To learn more about the amazing men and women who paved the way for modern scientific discovery, check out our homepage. Continue reading Youyou Tu — An Exceptional Nobel Laureate

Youyou Tu — An Exceptional Nobel Laureate

by Xiaomeng Han Malaria has been a life-threatening infectious disease since ancient times. It is transmitted through the bite of mosquitos, making it widespread in tropical and subtropical areas of our planet. The world saw countless deaths caused by malaria until a Chinese pharmaceutical scientist, Youyou Tu, discovered a very effective drug called Qinghaosu (aka artemisinin) from the plant Qinghao (aka artemisia). Youyou’s work won … Continue reading Youyou Tu — An Exceptional Nobel Laureate

Marie M. Daly — From a Love of Science to a Legacy of Discoveries

by Wei Li Everyone knows that having high cholesterol in your blood is not a good sign — it can lead to high blood pressure and clogged arteries (also known as atherosclerosis), resulting in heart diseases or stroke. However, what we now consider common knowledge, required years of research to discover. An important contributor to what we know about cholesterol and high blood pressure is … Continue reading Marie M. Daly — From a Love of Science to a Legacy of Discoveries