It's probably no surprise that I have to visualize things in a different way because of my blindness, but this has helped me throughout my scientific career. In my graduate work, I studied Helicobacter pylori urease, an enzyme which helps bacteria survive in the acidic conditions of the stomach. While my sighted peers looked at pictures and videos of the molecule in action, I, being blind, didn’t have any option but to get my data another way. To learn more about what I found, click here
. This is when I demonstrated that just like my sighted peers, I had a full—albeit different—perception of the facts. Because of my experiences, I strongly believe that anyone, no matter their age, background, or ability, can be a scientist if they want to be.