Shattuck-St. Mary’s Alum and Biophysicist Visits SSM

October 30, 2015

A 1978 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Dr. Arthur Edison returned to Faribault to speak with some BioScience students. 

On Wednesday, the BioScience students were treated to a visit by Dr. Arthur Edison. Dr. Edison, a 1978 SSM graduate, is a biophysicist specializing in the emerging field of Metabolomics (the study of the small molecules involved in the chemical reactions that occur in living cells). Currently a professor at the University of Georgia, Dr. Edison had traveled to Minnesota to speak at the Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Symposium. The BioScience students heard about Dr. Edison’s rather circuitous journey to a career in science which included stints as a shoe repairman, saddle maker, and volunteer firefighter. It wasn’t until he worked as an emergency medical technician that he first became interested in science. That eventually lead to a degree in chemistry, a PhD in biophysics and a growing interest in studying worms! The rest is history. 

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    Dr. Edison shared his path to a career in science with SSM students