Jill Fuss ’94 was featured in “Women @ Energy,” a series from the Department of Energy. Jill studied environmental science at Wesleyan and went on to receive her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology for the University of California, Berkeley. She is a research scientist in biophysics and biochemistry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on the understanding of the molecular basis for cancer and aging.
1) What inspires you to work in STEM?
I love working at the edge of knowledge. It’s really exciting to be the first person to clone a gene or see a protein structure. Although I do basic science that may seem far from practical application, I am driven by knowing that the work I do today builds the foundation for future therapeutic discoveries. I have met patients with diseases caused by mutations in the genes I work on and their stories and struggles inspire me every day.
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