• Question: Why do you find blood clotting so interesting and is there a story behind why?

    Asked by Chris to Kevin, Jonathan, Kellie, Melissa on 23 Apr 2016. This question was also asked by Fruit Loop, PotatoPazza322, ........ The original, Eli, NotSergeandAdrian, 496hemb33, lesley123.
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      Kevin Baker answered on 23 Apr 2016:

      When I was just finishing my undergraduate career and applying to graduate schools, a professor told me, “Kevin, when you are in graduate school, you need to branch out your knowledge. You need to learn something new. Never in your life are you going to be paid to figure out what you want to study.” I really held onto these words.

      So what attracted me to blood clotting was that I knew nothing about it. I have never studied anything like it. It was completely different to me and I like to be constantly challenged. I am always looking to meet new people and get fresh ideas, so I decided to try something new and I liked it. I have a different thinking process than people who study blood clotting because I studied bacteria for years. So it helps me bring something to the lab. Also I have had entirely different training, which helps me be different.

      If you would have asked me a year ago what I would study in graduate school, I would not have even suggested blood clotting.

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      Jonathan Jackson answered on 27 Apr 2016:

      I think this question was best answered by Kevin, since I don’t study blood clotting!

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      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 4 May 2016:

      I think blood itself is very interesting. I don’t study blood directly, but we extract DNA from blood all the time. A very curious question is how the different cells in blood may affect our analyses.