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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
New York NY USA

Brian Krueger is the owner, creator and coder of LabSpaces by night and Next Generation Sequencer by day. He is currently the Director of Genomic Analysis and Technical Operations for the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. In his blog you will find articles about technology, molecular biology, and editorial comments on the current state of science on the internet.

My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Today is: "What I'd be doing if I wasn't doing science" blog post theme day.  The goal of this post theme is to let our readers get to know who we are and what our non-scientific interests are.


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1. DamnGoodTechnician says that she'd probably have majored in sociology and become an administrative assistant if it wasn't for her high school sweetheart and his penchant for genetics.

2. Dr. O was involved with every group and club under the sun in high school and really wanted to become a broadway performer and until recently she had her heart set on teaching high school science but research sucked her in.

3. Evie would be everything. First she'd be a ninja kung fu master, then she'd learn how to talk to dolphins, create world peace and turn earth into an atheist utopia.  Evie needs to lay off the caffeine pills Tongue out

4. Geeka has always had a love for radio and even developed her own radio voice.  If she wasn't doing science, she'd be a DJ.

5. Rift of Psycasm recently switched from an advertising career and has just started his foray into psychological science.  So really, he's already doing his "What I'd be doing if I wasn't doing Advertising."

6. The Genomic Repairman comes from a long line of salty sea dogs.  He spent his early years shrimping and fishing, and if it weren't for science he'd probably still be a shrimp boat captain.

7. Thomas Joseph would have been a volcanologist, but didn't want to deal with having to take more math and physics courses.

8. Namnezia grew up in Mexico City (awesome!) and fell in love with Archaeology at an early age.

9. Odyssey treats us to an animated "What I'd be doing" version of today's blog theme posts

10. Catherine Anderson has been around the career block.  Since finding a new career is on her mind, she defaults to every Canadian's favorite sport...Hockey ;)

11. Kelly Oakes is just a student, so she hasn't made many of these life anchoring career decisions yet.  She still has time to decide, but used to love fossils, dancing, and swimming.

12. David Manly grew up as a child actor (no, not the obnoxious kind) and would probably aspire to be a Broadway musical actor.  I think this is going to require a singing YouTube video next time!

13. Doc Becca would totally take one for the team and be a Carribean Beach Resort critic...

14. GertyZ can't imagine doing anything other than science, but she does love food...

15. Brian does enjoy being a scientist, but he could see himself being a programmer, personal trainer, or saltwater fish store owner

16. TideLiar's life didn't turn out how he'd imagined, but if he went back and did it again he'd have been a doctor/RN, Navy Captain, or Lab Technician.

17. Jade Ed is a Director of research for an evil biotech company, so it comes as a surprise that she'd want to be a nun :P

18. Biochembelle loves being a scientist because both of her passions can sometimes share the same space. Science and writing.


I'll keep updating this post with summaries as the bloggers make more posts!

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Scientific American
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I would have been a horse trainer. Perhaps a veterinarian AND horse breeder AND horse trainer. See this article for an earlier take....

Thomas Joseph
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When I was a kid, I wanted to play for the Mets, and be a doctor. Better yet, I wanted to be the Mets team physician and play 2nd base.

Genomic Repairman
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Akin to TJ, I always wanted to play shortstop on the Braves, would have preferred to play 3rd base but someone pretty good was always entrenched there.

Prabodh Kandala
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
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Great Idea Brian.

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I wanted to be an astronaut and a vet (always aspiring to great things), except a brief phase where I just wanted to be a milkman (well, a milk lady I suppose).

John F
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My backup career has always been organic tomato farmer.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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These post theme days weren't my idea.  Give the credit to BiochemBelle!

@Bora, horse training would be a lot of fun.

@John, At the very least you'd get to spend a lot of time outside!

biochem belle
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Actually, credit for the theme this month goes to Geeka, who was the first to suggest it in the forum. I was just herding cats Tongue out

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I think I'd want to do some kind of wildlife rehabilitation if I wasn't doing animal cognition research. Or summer camp director.

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btw, Scicurious over at Scientopia posted her DayDream jobs, and several commenters chimed in with their fantasy aspirations :)

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