Meet the Molecular Programmer

Rebecca Schulman

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Show Notes

Join us for the first of our ‘Meet the Molecular Programmer’ series, in which we talk with seasoned academics in our field about their journey and life experiences. In this episode, we chatted with Prof. Rebecca Schulman.

We briefly talked with Rebecca about her work from her early PhD journey to more recent work coming from her lab. We heard about her stories, the challenges, fun and exciting memories she had and lessons she learned during graduate school, and her wisdom about running her own lab. Rebecca provided valuable advice to students surviving and thriving graduate school and suggestions regarding working in a lab. We also had wonderful discussion about the interdisciplinary property of our field. Hope you enjoy the conversation! We certainly had a lot of fun!


Rebecca is currently an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins university, with appointments in both the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Computer Science departments. She has an impressive past too, obtaining Bachelor's degrees in Maths & Computer Science at MIT, and her PhD at CalTech under Erik Winfree. Before her appointment at Johns Hopkins, she was a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. She has received numerous commendations, such as the Turing Scholar Award, a DARPA Director's fellowship, and best at conference awards at both FNANO and DNAX, not to mention the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and her work has spanned such simple topics as the Origin of Life and intelligent DNA nanotechnology.


I accidentally introduced Rebecca as an assistant professor, when she is of course an associate professor! —Hannah