“I remember the moment I fell in love with science,” says Dr. Ali Tehrani.
It was 1994. His Biology 101 professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst showed the class a black-and-white video of microscopic research of mitosis and meiosis.
As the first-year student watched body cells and reproductive cells divide, passing their genetic material on to their offspring, he entered a deep state of wonder.
“I looked and thought, ‘There is God'—and I don't mean that in a religious sense, but more so that the absolute beauty and power of creation was happening right before my eyes.”
This powerful moment led him here, both at the frontlines of cancer research and as a supporter of Science World.
“Science World is the start of training the next generation of talented and educated people who appreciate the beauty of science," he says. "People who are struck by that wow-factor, like I was.”