Unique Scientist: Nicholas Drachman

Time to meet Nicholas Drachman (He/him)! Nicholas is a biophysicist working towards his PhD at Brown University in the USA focusing on nanotechnology and the development of protein sequencing tools!

What kind of scientist are you?
I’m doing my PhD in physics with a focus on biophysics. I’ve done research in a few interdisciplinary fields like photonics and medical imaging, and now I’m using physics and nanotechnology to develop a new type of protein sequencing technique that would make studying the way that cells work easier for biologists all over the world!

What made you want to become a scientist?
When I was really young my dad took me to see a movie about time travel, I became obsessed with the paradoxes involved which led me down a rabbit-hole of topics that eventually made me want to learn everything I could about how the universe works. Once I got to college I realized that what interested me the most was the physics of living systems because they are the most complicated things we know about in the universe!

“Thankfully, I don’t feel that this makes me so unique anymore since I’m surrounded by a supportive community and physics is becoming more diverse every year!”

Nicholas Drachman

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I’m #latinxinSTEM, my parents are Uruguayan and Colombian and moved to the United States just before I was born. Thankfully, I don’t feel that this makes me so unique anymore since I’m surrounded by a supportive community and physics is becoming more diverse every year!

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I’ve been skateboarding since I was 7 years old and it’s still my favorite way to let loose when work gets too stressful. Last year I set the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive ollies on a skateboard!

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wish that science was more accessible to the general public. I think we do a bad job of presenting math and science in school as just a list of facts to memorize rather than an exciting and creative endeavor.

“Last year I set the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive ollies on a skateboard!”

Nicholas Drachman

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
Between college and grad school I worked with professor Stephen Kadlecek at the University of Pennsylvania. He always encouraged me to follow my curiosity in my research and showed me that you can be a professional scientist while still following your other passions.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I launched a physics blog this past week and my first post was viewed over 8000 times in the first 5 days!


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