Biology - A Somewhat Different Path ...
For most of my life I've been a database consultant working with both small and large clients
all across the country. During most of the 90's I was on travel working 50-60 hour weeks with
clients experiencing everything from 120° in Palm Springs to -20° and 4 foot snow in Bangor Maine.
Since 2000 though, I've mostly been involved with the development and licensing of custom search engine technology.
However, during the last several years I've developed quite a strong passion for biology.
Across the entire spectrum of the science, from the architecture of a single cell to simple bacteria
to infectious disease, everything has been just fascinating. I can recall first reading about the
internal mechanisms of a simple cell and being amazed at the complexity. In some respects it was almost like I was reading
about an advanced 24th century microprocessor. The internals of the cell were just so much more
complex and sophisticated than I ever imagined.
Biology in Cambridge - What A Great Opportunity
For an old guy like me, having an opportunity to actually do some coursework in biology up in Cambridge on the
Harvard campus sitting in lecture learning from Harvard professors was something that didn't even occur to me.
Thus far its been classes on the mechanics of immunology, cancer, cellular and
molecular biology, and currently organismic and evolutionary biology. The last two semesters have also
had me in the lab running enzyme experiments, extracting DNA and running PCR gels, dissecting pig hearts,
examining tissue samples under a microscope, taking blood pressure, and recently even hooking my lab
partner up to an EKG machine. −− What a great year!
Summer is just around the corner and spring semester will soon be over. I'd like to say that
I'm looking forward to taking a break and will be spending some time in London or putting my toes in some
warm sand on some beach. But when you're going on 50 years old time is short... so I decided to keep pushing
forward by registering for summer semester. Looks like it's going to be a neurobiology summer...