Stratos Genomics Employee Spotlight is an intermittent feature on our blog that highlights our talented and dedicated staff. January's spotlight is on Senior Scientist, Scott Miller.
Describe your role at Stratos Genomics.
As a member of the Detection Engineering team, I conduct multidisciplinary research developing new technology for Xpandomer polymerization and detection. My work incorporates numerous aspects of nanotechnology, molecular biology, microfluidics, and surface science and has allowed me to expand my knowledge in many interesting directions.
What do you look forward to when you come to work every day?
In developing innovative technology, we encounter a web of unexpected fundamental hurdles and challenges to reaching our goals. These MUST be solved! Though the soluntions to these sorts of "problems" are not found in a day, I look forward to those moments of great understanding and clarity. I especially appreciate the opportunity they bring when the solution provides key insights into other challenges. But first, I have to hit the coffee machine.
Describe your biggest “win” on a project.
I have not yet reached one of those major “Mission Accomplished!” wins but, I have had some good accomplishments along the way. A recent example is a collaborative project with the Biochem team in which we utilized a DNA nanotechnology that I had developed for detection purposes, to facilitate the Xpandomer polymerization reaction. We are working to leverage this technology as a tool to exert functional control of Xpandomer polymerization.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I enjoy spending most of my free time with my family. My favorite things are “coaching” my usually enthusiastic son and daughter in various sporting and outdoor activities. I especially enjoy hiking and camping in the nearby mountains.
Little-known fact about you that would surprise people:
I am double jointed. My fingers bend in ways that they shouldn’t be bent. Though little known and surprising, this lack of “felangular” integrity was as completely unhelpful in my past hobby of competitive Ultimate as it is in my current hobby of pipetting. In the Ultimate times, I played about a hundred tournaments which is, shockingly, two years’ worth of weekends!