My name is Ian Hill. I am from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where I was born and raised. My passion for biology began in the gardens of my family members. My grandmother was a passionate flower gardener, the head of a local garden club, and my dad grew some of the best tomatoes I have ever eaten. It wasn’t until my high school chemistry class that I really began to think about molecules. It was my interest in molecules and biology that lead me to major in Biochemistry and Polymer Chemistry at North Carolina State University. I came to Harvard with a strong interest in gene expression and a curiosity about how species integrate environmental signals, grow, and adapt. I work at the Boston Children’s Hospital studying mechanisms of gene expression control in pathogenic bacteria.
From a young age, artistic expression was encouraged in my family. I played the tuba, I wrote excruciatingly awkward poems, and I even won a blue ribbon in the Dixie Classic Fair for a collage I made of Oak Island Lighthouse in the fourth grade. But, the necessity of art, the feeling that I needed to create things to express novel feelings, didn’t come until graduate school. Getting a nice SLR camera was life-changing, I took over 50,000 photos in the first year. It gave me a way to explore the world around me and, literally, gave me the resolution to focus on the small things.
Watch for new pieces from Ian’s collection to be posted here and on our Instagram throughout the months of January and February, 2018.