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Where I Work with Crystal Dilworth

ByAnna BickThe Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

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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.

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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.”

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