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Subspecialties Profession, Microbiology and immunology

Traded for a Microscope!

You began your career in immunology – what led you to medicine and urology?

During my postdoctoral fellowship, I worked on Chagas disease and pemphigus, which required some time in South America – my first introduction to the clinical side of things. When I returned, the professor I worked with informed me that I’d be working at a teaching hospital in Buffalo. And there’s a good story as to why. Two urologists were working on the prostate at   that hospital, but they had lost their immunologist to another post; they were left with grant money to continue their work, but no immunology expertise. My professor needed another fluorescent microscope for his lab, but didn’t have the funds. He suggested a deal with the hospital: “If you give me the microscope that I need, I’ll give you Richard J. Ablin.” My professional career in medicine and immunology really occurred as a fortuitous consequence of the resulting move. In short, I was traded for a microscope!

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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