In the Age of Social Media, He's a New Kind of Scientist

By Emily Litvack, UA Research, Discovery & Innovation | June 23, 2017
What does it mean to be a scientist? Far more than doing research in a lab, says Michael Johnson, whose unconventional passage into the field began with a bowling championship and a music degree.

"Think of it basically like a cheeseburger," says Michael Johnson. He's talking about the enzyme ribonucleoside-diphosphate reductase.

Johnson starts a lot of his sentences with a variation of "Think of it basically like." He'll say "It's kind of like," or "I'll put it this way" — "this way" being the way you'll understand it. Enzymes are like cheeseburgers. Scientific grant funding is like baseball. The innate immune system is like an army.

Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Immunobiology and a member of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, and he really, really wants you to get it.

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