Interdisciplinary scholarPublished April 24, 2017
Rachel Green has an unusually specific passion: the ribosome. The biologist and geneticist has been researching the cellular structure for nearly three decades now, fascinated by the bridge it forms between the ancient and modern worlds. The laboratory she heads at Johns Hopkins is devoted to this complex macromolecular machine, investigating and manipulating its roles in protein expression. It's hands-on research that digs into the most fundamental principles of science—exactly the kind of work, Green says, that can break through to "great discoveries and important medicine."