Paul A. Clemons
►Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?
Houston,Houston, TX; University of Houston (B.S. 1995).
Cambridge, MA; Harvard University (Ph.D. 2001).
►What is your current position?
Institute Scientist, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
►Why did you decide to become a researcher?
After returning to college (long story), I was interested in astronomy, but also journeyed nearer to computer science during my studies, then eventually selected biochemistry as an avenue. Not doing research in some area was never a question.
►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?
Understanding relationship of molecular-level events (genomic variants, protein-protein and protein-small-molecule interactions, etc.) with systems-level events (selection/evolution, pathways, disease mitigation by drugs).
►What is your favorite aspect of your research?
Getting up every day and getting to think about cool, hard problems in an unfettered way.
► What do you hope to achieve with your research?
A new model of systems chemical biology that is conceptually closer to how biological systems actually behave.
►What groups are you involved with?
International Chemical Biology Society
American Chemical Society (esp. Division of Chemical Information)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?