17. Ostertag’s coups

In 1998, Eric Ostertag, a soft-spoken, no-nonsense, precise Germanic type, came to the lab as a rotation student. Eric was a Wisconsin “cheesehead” who had graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was another M.D.-Ph.D. student at Penn. He had been a member of my small discussion group in the first-year Genetics course for medical students in 1996, so I knew he was very smart and a deep thinker. During his short rotation in the lab, it became clear that Eric would be an outstanding graduate student. I was very pleased when a few months later Eric told me that he wanted to do his Ph.D. in the lab. Although Eric obtained a lot of data on a number of projects, I discuss only four here.

First, Ostertag wanted ...

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