By Lucía Achucarro
Rosalind Franklin is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in science. Most remembered for her discovery of DNA’s double helix structure, her multi-disciplinary approach to research is one to emulate. Franklin combined her love for chemistry with complex mathematical analyses and used X-ray crystallography as an experimental tool to provide the missing piece of the DNA puzzle. Her findings forever changed our understanding of how life works.
Now, 70 years later, Dr. María José Fernández is continuing Franklin’s legacy by embracing a similar multidisciplinary approach to her research in DNA topology – the study of how DNA strands are intertwined. Fernández has modernized Franklin’s discoveries by combining mathematical analyses and coding to further advance the field.
Dr. María José Fernández
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