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Inside the NICHD
Dr. Said, the accidental mentor
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
|Video fades to camera view on Dr. Yvonne Maddox.
Banner Text: Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D.
|Dr. Yvonne Maddox: Now, he hired me while he was at the Karolinska in Stockholm, and we planned one telephone call together. And I spoke with him on the phone, and he said, "You sound like you can do this, so show up over there at the laboratory and we'll get started. I'll be back in September, late September." So I took the job. I worked with him, and we worked on a wonderful project looking at the dehydrogenases in the lung. And these are the enzymes that actually help build surfactant, which actually keeps your lungs open and pliable. We worked on that project for several years and then we had a paper that was going to be written that was coming out in Science. I was the author on the Science paper. And I had the same thing happen when I went to Georgetown to do my Ph.D. My mentor there was British and very, very committed to excellence in research. It was working with him that I got that second paper in Nature. It was quite a paper in the sense that it was well-referenced and it has been sought even today. It was a paper on the eicosanoid pathway. I did the paper with Dr. E.J. Corey, who was a Nobel laureate, whom my PI was collaborating with at Harvard.|