Ross Pedersen

Ross Pedersen
Class of 2013
Cell and Developmental Biology
Drubin Lab

What sparked your interest in science?

As a teenager, I read a lot of pop science books by people like Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman. I identified with the way they seemed to see the world, as a big puzzle, so I thought a career in science would be fitting for me.

What attracted you to UC Berkeley?

UC Berkeley has a proud tradition of strong basic cell biology research, but lots of schools have strong research programs. What makes Berkeley stand out is that it has strong research labs being led by faculty who are genuinely nice people, so you can do cutting edge research while still having a good relationship with your advisor and committee members.

What are you currently working on in the lab?

My research interests focus on how actin and myosin cooperate to generate forces necessary to deform cellular membranes.

Describe your ultimate dream/goal for your future.

In an ideal world, I would live in a peaceful and secluded cottage nestled in the mountains. I would ski a lot. In the cottage, I would have a microscope that I would use to look at cells. I love looking at cells.

When I'm not in the lab, I can be found...

Running or bicycling around Berkeley and the Berkeley Hills, skiing in the California Sierras, or reading on my back porch. 

If you could go back in time and give yourself a piece of advice during your first year in graduate school, what would you say?

Watch Crocodile Dundee 3. It totally holds up.