Being a Scientist

Answering important questions, making new discoveries, being creative, working with interesting colleagues, laying the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention—that's a career in basic biomedical research. Are you wondering:

  • What's it like to be a scientist?
  • How do you become a researcher?
  • Why is a career in basic biomedical research important?

Follow the links below to learn more.

Dr. Joshua Brown in the laboratoryCredit: Marlayna Demond for UMBC.

Pathways Icon. Pathways

A collaboration between NIGMS and Scholastic, Inc., that provides a collection of free educational resources about basic biomedical science and research careers.

Biomedical Beat Icon. Biomedical Beat

A blog highlighting NIGMS-funded research and scientists, as well as images and tools that help illustrate biomedical concepts and advances to the general public.

Findings Magazine Icon. Findings

A magazine published from 2001 to 2017 that showcased diverse scientists who were doing cutting-edge research and leading interesting lives.


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