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I love life, I love the outdoors, I love learning, I love science. So
really, I have the perfect job teaching molecular biology, physiology,
and ecology, which allows me to learn about the science behind life
every day. I am as endlessly fascinated with how our cells work
as I am with how plants fit in their niches or barnacles reproduce.
Ecology was my first love - the quest to understand how
everything hangs together in a big web of life. But now I love
the wide spread of the topics I teach, because it allows me to see how
our bodies, and even our cells, are mirror images of the
planet earth with all its wonders, the endless dance of cooperation and
competition, reproduction and destruction, and rewards and deceit.
Last semester, I prepared for a new class, the
Biology of Cancer, and was again struck by how much interconnectedness
there is between cancer cells and their cellular environment.
Even though I have fought cancer myself a couple of times,
I can't help but be fascinated by how cancer sheds light on the normal workings of our bodies.
"Cancer brings unwelcome change to a
machine that is perfect, marvelously beautiful, and complex beyond
measure. Wherever tumors appear, they take on the appearance of alien
life forms, invaders that enter the body through stealth and begin
their programs of destruction from within. But appearances deceive: The
truth is much more subtle and endlessly interesting."
Quote: Robert Weinberg in One Renegade Cell - How Cancer Begins
Cancer microenvironment picture: Cancers 2011, 3(3), 3189-3205; doi:10.3390/cancers3033189, CC-BY