#WhyIScience

The Broad Institute connects approximately 4,000 scientists and other professionals. #WhyIScience invites members of the Broad community to share what motivates them to support the institute’s mission – to accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease.

Meet some of our amazing researchers and staff in these #WhyIScience profiles:

reflects on how her career in cancer biology complements her intense training on the water.

draws from her scientific and personal experiences to guide young researchers toward their professional goals in the Broad’s post-baccalaureate program.

talks about his work analyzing large single-cell datasets, his excitement around AI, and the importance of mentorship and community in science.

talks about his work developing a large image-based cell profiling dataset and his long-standing fascination with physics and astronomy.

talks about her unique career path that led her to the Broad’s Metabolomics Platform.

talks about her work managing the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD) and the importance of diverse datasets in rare disease diagnosis.

discusses the impact the Broad Summer Research Program had on her career path and what she’s learned about leadership, representation, and the power of curiosity

reflects on her time as a technician in Broad’s COVID-19 testing lab and how that led to a position doing single-cell research.

promotes sustainability in scientific spaces

boosts experimental science with innovative new methods

discusses the value of mentorship and his goals for his next career step.

integrates her clinical perspectives with her research on autism and schizophrenia

has traveled the world to develop better treatments.

builds algorithms to improve clinical research

talks about the importance of including social determinants of health in research

envisions a future with better representation in the sciences.

discusses her journey through industry and academia and how machine learning can enhance our understanding of the human genome.

talks about his work to improve single-cell research protocols and technologies and how he transitioned from dentistry to life in a lab

discusses what drew her to combining computational biology with ophthalmology and cardiovascular medicine, and her work inspiring high school girls in science and engineering

discusses her work as an information security engineer and her involvement with the Black community at Broad

aims to help patients and enable scientific discoveries with new data analysis tools

works on tools to help people participate in research

talks about how their experiences shape their approach to research and their interactions with patients.

talks about his work using techniques from computer science to help improve biomedical data security.

talks about the importance of classical neuroanatomy in developing novel genetic tools to study psychiatric disease.

helps scientists characterize the fate of their therapeutics under development, in both cells and animal models.

wants to become a physician-scientist and support the refugee community.

talks about the importance of supporting early-career researchers and what inspires her as a woman in science

discusses what brought him to the United States and the mentors who helped him along the way

discusses the benefits of interdisciplinary research, how to mentor a team during a pandemic, and how he’s helping to fight racism.

talks about her roundabout route to the Broad and the power of effective teamwork

talks about her passion for coding, STEM education, and advocacy for the Black community at Broad

talk about their single-cell genomics study on COVID-19 disease in children

talks about her career in software engineering and her passion for mentoring young girls of color in science.

talk about their work on malaria and other fever-causing pathogens

talks about the importance of animal models in her work investigating the roots of autism and other psychiatric disorders.

talks about the benefits and challenges of a career analyzing large and diverse datasets

talks about his staff scientist career path and how he has tackled imposter syndrome as a minority scientist

connects molecular insights with disease physiology to improve human health

helps design software to solve biomedical research problems

uses artificial intelligence to build 3D models of organs

brings teams together to hunt for cancer cells’ weak spots

solves the structures of proteins and supports the development of better therapeutics

mines tumor data for clues

uses computer science to bridge genetics and therapeutics

helps lead the largest psychiatric genetics study in Africa

combats cardiovascular disease on multiple fronts

helps bridge the gap between genomic researchers and the patient experience

uncovers the genetic secrets of heart disease

helps scientists tell their stories

writes code that gives scientific research a boost

helps keep viruses under surveillance

puts genetic alterations on the map

cuts across disciplines as a computational chemist

leads genomic research on the fungal kingdom

shows that, in biomedicine, a picture can be worth a million data points

transitions from student-athlete to career scientist

targets cancer drug resistance

hopes to make a difference in the fight against infectious disease

uses math to explore the interplay between DNA, the immune system, and disease

shapes genomic research with collaborative approach

studies a neglected kidney disease

seeks diversity to better understand human genetics

researches drug resistance in malaria

draws disease insights from dog descent