I was trained as an academic surgeon/scientist in a specialty (transplantation) where research plays a big role in contributing to patient care. When I say trained as an academic surgeon, I was actually able to do research and obtain a PhD in cell biology during my (very long....) surgery residency. My research interests were initially related to transplantation, but as time went on my research became less translational and more basic, however as a MD/PhD I have a habit of seeing the clinical applications of many "basic" ideas. Of course research requires funding, and throughout my career I've been funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the NIH. I've always been interested in how things work, and writing grants is no exception. The need to write well has led me to dig into how to write, getting perspectives from both the academic (Joshua Schimel, Steven Heard) and non-academic (Steven King, Anne Lamott) side of things.
When I'm not geeking out on words, I enjoy pina coladas and walks in the rain (oh wait..that's Jimmy Buffett).