18. The independent Canadian

John Goodier entered the lab in 1997. John was a native of Toronto, Canada, who had done his Ph.D. in Newfoundland with Willie Davidson, an evolutionary biologist, spent some time in marine biology in Japan, and did a short postdoc on Alu expression with Rich Maraia at the NIH. Goodier was fiercely independent, to the point of discussing his work sparingly at lab meetings until a particular project was nearly finished. Then he would take up to two hours in lab meeting to thoroughly present the work that was always complete and very interesting. It became a standing joke in the lab that no one knew what exactly John was up to at any given time. John was generally quiet, but he could express his displeasure on occasion. ...

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