James Urton

I’m smiling because I just earned my Ph.D.

I went to school to become a molecular biologist, and along the way I discovered something about myself: I love communicating science to the general public.  Formal talks, writing, conversing at a pub, shouting on the street corner…  I’ll use whatever medium I can that will help me talk to you about science, and the great work scientists are doing across the globe.

Unfortunately, no one will pay me to be a full time science writer and communicator.  So, I work instead as a molecular biologist.  I’ve been fortunate to work with and study many different organisms, from bacteria and protozoa to fish, plants, and worms.  Currently, I’m a senior scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I get to work with some great folks on some really awesome projects.  In my spare time, I blog about science here at Muller’s Ratchet and over at BitesizeBio.

Why should the general public want to know anything about science?  Here’s my explanation (and my reason for choosing Muller’s Ratchet as the name for this site).

Briefly as a graduate student (before I had to devote all of my time to graduating), I blogged at Adaptive Radiation.

Enjoy!  Let me know if you have any questions.

-James Urton, Ph.D.

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