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Kirell Lakhman, Tom Page, Daniel P. Joy, Frank White


Kirell Lakhman (“Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?…,” p. 26), editor of, was a reporter and later an editor at Reuters, where he covered the biotechnology sector. Kirell, who enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Lucy, was also a journalist at an English-language paper in Moscow, where his only experience with genes was the Levi’s he would barter for Lucky Strike cigarettes.

Before his experience photographing leaders in proteomic and genomic sciences, Tom Page (photos of Ruedi Aebersold, cover & p. 37) made a career of shooting people and products in the studio or on location for advertising, corporate, and editorial clientele. When he’s not creating images, Tom spends most of his time raising his two children with his wife, Karen. Any time left over gets gobbled up playing, perfecting, and performing the high art of electric funk bass guitar.

Long before he became the business development manager for Compaq’s life sciences group, Daniel P. Joy (GSAC photos, p. 42-46 & 66) was doing biomedical photography and photo- journalism. The recent GSAC conference let Dan combine his work with what is now his expensive photography hobby. He resides in the Seattle area with his wife, four kids, and two cats.

When he’s not traveling the world accosting people at conferences with a camera (GSAC photos, p. 42-46), Frank White has spent the last two years doing business development, alliance management, and a bit of marketing for InforMax. Trained as a molecular biologist before being seduced by the dark side of business, Frank lives near Washington, DC, in an apartment overflowing with books, CDs, and various techno-toys.

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