Traded for a Microscope!
Sitting Down With... Richard J. Ablin, Professor of Pathology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Arizona Cancer Center, BIO5 Institute; and President, Robert Benjamin Ablin Foundation for Cancer Research, Tucson, USA
Michael Schubert |
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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