Title: Assistant professor, Duke University
Education: PhD, University of Michigan, 2001
Recommended by: Hunt Willard, Duke University
Nicholas Buchler has made a career out of forging a marriage between his strengths as a theory-oriented biophysicist and his propensity for wet lab, curiosity-driven biology. While he says he'd always been interested in chemistry and physics, it was an introductory biochemistry and molecular biology course taught by Melvin Green at the University of California, San Diego, that got Buchler "hooked on biology."