Case Study – Clare Waterman

Clare Waterman
National Institutes of Health; Whitman Center Scientist, MBL


Clare Waterman

Credit Tom Kleindinst

There is no better place to do this research than here. It’s perfect.” – Clare Waterman

Taking the MBL Physiology course was the deciding factor in Clare Waterman’s scientific career. “I had read a lot of scientific papers, but there was no human aspect to them. You get to the MBL and you actually meet the people who have written all the papers that influence your thinking and you see that they are human. And you get an opportunity to get inside their heads and see how these different great scientists approach biology, how their brains work, and to be inspired by them.”

Two decades later, Waterman, now a NIH Distinguished Investigator, has continued her affiliation with the MBL as a Physiology course instructor and later its director. In 2014 Waterman and her collaborators were awarded an inaugural UChicago-MBL Lillie Award for Collaborative Research.

Waterman’s research team included scientists from the NIH, Harvard Medical School, the National Center for Biological Sciences in India and investigators from the MBL’s Cellular Dynamics Program. They used new technologies in polarization microscopy developed by MBL scientists to study molecules important to cell structure, movement and form, processes critical for wound healing, immune response and development.

Clare Waterman with Shinya Inoue

Clare Waterman with Shinya Inoué

Credit Dan Cojanu

Read more:

Clare Waterman

An Idea Sticks, MBL Catalyst, Fall 2014

UChicago and MBL Announce First Recipients of Lillie Awards for Collaborative Research

Catching Molecules in Motion, MBL Catalyst, Fall 2006