Name: Christopher Clarke.
Department: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology.
How long have you been at MUSC: 3 years and 2 months.
Where were you born: Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, England.
What did you want to be when you were young: Originally, a forensic scientist. I’ve always been fascinated with that sort of thing—although I’m not sure if that’s a healthy fascination.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job: Working in a multinational lab. It feels like the U.N. at times.
Favorite book: “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.
Least favorite chore: Cleaning up cat hair.
Bad habit: Having a bit of a competitive streak. Correcting people over the smallest details.
Favorite way to unwind after a long day: Being British, it has to be a big cup of hot tea.
Biggest challenge: Trying to get postdocs recognized as a vital part of MUSC (through the Postdoctoral Association). All too often we’re overlooked in favor of faculty or students.
Favorite quote: “Of course we don’t know what we’re doing. That’s why it’s called research.”—Albert Einstein.
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008