In focus: John Doench

From the moment he stepped into Kendall Square as a prospective MIT graduate student, John Doench knew that it was where he wanted to be. He considers it the "epicenter" of biological research. Not only did he get his PhD at MIT, he also started his career in Kendall Square, joining the Broad right after completing his postdoctoral fellowship. Doench, who is a research scientist in the Broad's RNAi Platform, says he appreciates the energy of the Broad as well as its interdisciplinary network of scientists. He doesn't view science as a solitary experience, conducted while tucked away in a lonely lab. He sees it as a collaborative venture that requires interaction with, and inspiration from, fellow scientists. Because of that, he feels "lucky" to have found the Broad.