Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
North Carolina State University
Westhigh Evangelical Covenant Church, Cary, NC
Recently Chase and his fellow researchers developed a technique that uses a bacterial immune system to turn off specific genes, a tool that could lead to advances in areas of medicine and alternative-fuel research. “I love working at the edge of the unknown,” he says. “Every experiment we perform reveals something no one previously knew, and this information has the potential to positively impact our world.” He also enjoys working with students in the classroom and in the lab.
“The draw of science is that there is always something new to explore,” he says. He sees a significant need for increased funding for scientific research. “These dollars are essential to develop the next generation of technologies and therapeutics, yet the amount of money being invested in research continues to decline.”
He adds, “I recently have been fortunate to obtain sufficient funding, yet I have many colleagues doing important and exciting work who are struggling to keep their labs running.”
Last fall Chase received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty in science and engineering.
Books on your nightstand/e-reader: Home Maintenance for Dummies. Despite having a PhD in chemical engineering from Caltech, I’m sometimes inept at addressing menial home repairs.
Favorite way to waste time: Watching any film by Hayao Miyazaki
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: Fly. At the very least, it would make conference travel and my commute much easier.