Science is a pursuit — a perpetual quest for knowledge not just to be had, but to be used. Science allows us to better understand our world and as such, our capacity for impact on it. In essence, it’s the exploration and search for answers of our own humanity.
On Monday, March 12th, Kentucky to the World will welcome Nobel Laureate, Phillip A. Sharp to the stage to discuss his own pursuits in science, from his past accomplishments to his vision for the future of biotechnology.
Sharp was born and raised in the northern hill country of Kentucky on his family’s farm. He started selling calves as young boy to save for college, and later earned an undergraduate degree from Kentucky’s Union College, where he was encouraged to further his education at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. There, he discovered his love for molecular biology, which led him to CalTech and eventually to launching his groundbreaking RNA discoveries that would earn him the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
In addition to his research, Sharp has co-founded several companies, including one of the world’s first biotech companies — Biogen — and continues his journey in science as an Institute Professor (the highest academic rank) and as a member of the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.