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Heather Cosel-Pieper

Lab Instructor

"That was so cool," I remember thinking as I walked out of the DNA Learning Center and back onto my bus. Having grown up nearby, I was lucky enough to visit the Learning Center as part of my high school biology curriculum in the early nineties. It was my first exposure to bench science, and I believe it is what really got me interested in research.

I maintained this interest through AP Bio, and decided to major in molecular and cellular biology at NYU. Each summer during my undergrad, I returned to CSHL—first as an intern and later as a member of the Undergraduate Research Program (or URPs as they're known around campus). Although I enjoyed bench work, I decided that it was not my calling, and so I looked for more of a molecular biology office job. That's how I ended up in scientific publishing.

From 2000-2016, I worked in the editorial department of a peer-reviewed research journal that is published by the Laboratory's Press. I enjoy the communication of science—whether it be from one researcher to another (through manuscripts), or from researchers to a wider audience (through press releases). I now focus exclusively on students, who I hope will also walk away from the Learning Center with some appreciation of how cool modern molecular biology can be, and how relevant it is to our everyday life.

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