John Bettinger

Graduate Student, The Ghaemmaghami Lab

You work in a laboratory.  What are you currently researching?

My research is one developing the methodology for quantifying in vivo methionine oxidation levels on a proteome wide scale.

What advice would you give to prospective students looking to study in our department?

There are a lot of different types of labs in our department with different working styles.  Your rotations are a great opportunity to not only find research you're interested in, but also to discover how you want to function as a researcher. 

What’s the most important thing that you’ve learned working here and/or studying biology?

Patience.  Ultimately science is slow and methodical by design and a good researcher needs to be patient and focused.

How do you think our biology department stands out in comparison to other universities?

The graduate students in our department are really welcoming and supportive.  I think most graduate students here go out of their way to make sure no one has to struggle by themselves.

How do you unwind when you’re not in the lab? 

I like to read and take my dog for long walks and hikes.