Researcher Stories: Why We Became Scientists

As you consider your options for participating in clinical research, you will meet many physicians and other scientists who are dedicated to finding answers to challenging questions related to disease and health. See them share their personal stories; learn more about the people behind the research that is done at the NIH.

Meet Dr. Lisa Rider, a pediatric rheumatologist working in NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Lisa's research involves research on autoimmune diseases, particularly myositis, an autoimmune disease characterized by muscle inflammation.


Meet Dr. Pravitt Gourh, a medical scientist in the Kastner Lab at the Inflammatory Disease Section with the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gourh is trying to find a cure for systemic sclerosis.


Meet Nicholas Popp, a medical researcher in the Immunopathology Section at the National Eye Institute in the National Institutes of Health. Nicholas is trying to better understand and treat a rare eye disease called Age-related Macular Degeneration.


Meet Jennifer Kielczewski, a post-doc researcher in the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Institutes of Health. Jennifer is studying an inflammatory eye disease called Uveitis.


Meet Heardley Moses Murdock, a molecular biologist in the Laboratory of Host Defenses at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Heardley is working to learn more about a new disease called DOCK-8 Deficiency, which causes various types of skin diseases.


Meet Hadley Bergstrom, a psychologist, studying in the Laboratory of Behavioral & Genomic Neuroscience. Hadley studies how habits and memories are formed, and is trying to better understand addiction.


Dr. Ombrello describes his work in trying to cure systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

This page last reviewed on November 20, 2023