We asked the children of three scientists to describe their mother’s work. See what they had to say.
Professor and HHMI Investigator Leemor Joshua-Tor is a structural biologist who studies the functions and structural biology of proteins and nucleic acids. Some of her latest research has included studying the structure of the norovirus, using hi-resolution cryo-electron microscopy and understanding how RNAi works in expressing genes.
Associate Professor Mikala Egeblad is a cancer researcher whose research looks at tumor microenvironments that help cancers grow and metastasize. She studies the connection between lung inflammation and the immune system in occurrences of cancer. Her latest research has studied the link between severe cases of COVID-19 and overactive white blood cells known as neutrophils.
Assistant Professor Jessica Tollkuhn is a neuroscientist whose work helps us better understand brain development. Her lab looks at how estrogen and testosterone generate sex differences in brain and behavior. She has identified specific hormone receptors, brain cells, and regions responsible for masculinization in the mouse.