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Where I Work with Crystal Dilworth

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We want to know where today’s leading scientists do all of their groundbreaking work. So we asked them to send us photos of their work place. In the “Where I Work” series, we find out who has a neat desk, and who needs to clean, where leading scientists stash their PhD degrees, and which scientists have the strangest and silliest artifacts sitting next to their keyboards.

Here’s what molecular scientist and Caltech choreographer Crystal Dilworth had to say about her two (very different!) favorite places to work.

Crystals Lab Bench

My lab bench.

“This is the space where I spent the 5 years of my PhD, but it was never this clean. This picture was taken the day of our annual spring lab clean-up and so is not a perfectly representative example of what my space actually looked like. The yellow papers posted on the wall in the background contain hand written, but important, reference calculations for different stoichiometric arrangements of Forster’s Resonance Energy Transfer between fluorescent proteins in a pentameric receptor complex. These calculations contributed to the work published here.

The stork sculptures on top of my desk were discovered in a remote corner of the lab during a different spring lab cleanup and they appeared so incongruous that I had to keep them.”

coffee shop shoot TechKnow
Photo credit: David Bloom

On set for TechKnow

“This is one of the ways that I continue to communicate science and challenge the stereotypes of what is expected of scientists. As a contributor for the TV show TechKnow on Al Jazeera America, I work as an on-camera science communicator to educate and explain new scientific innovations that are (or will) impact the way we experience our world. I’m seen here at Republic of Pie, a coffee shop in Burbank, California where we film a portion of the show (and eat a lot of pie) with fellow contributor Kosta Grammatis and show host Phil Torres (well, the back of Phil’s head).

Together I think these photos represent the best of both worlds: The dedication it takes to have the privilege of contributing new knowledge to the ever increasing scientific understanding, and the responsibility we have to communicate our findings and our process to others who have not chosen a scientific path themselves. I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to do both.”