Julie Nadel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the lab of Dr. John Greally. She is currently studying non-canonical nucleic acid structures and their regulatory effects on gene expression.
Scientists can be reclusive. Not just in the "lab work all day, time course all night, cell culture all weekend" way, but also because we can be a very isolated community. We are busy trying to keep afloat in a competitive field, and other scientists and like-minded academics often surround us. Our friends, colleagues, classmates, and sometimes even partners, are part of the science community that encompasses most of our time.