Mixing humor and heartbreak, Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist delves into the lab of charismatic professor Dr. Lawrence Shapiro, and follows three irrepressible graduate students on their determined pursuit of a PhD and scientific success. As if the pressure of scientific discovery isn’t enough, the students are also competing in a worldwide race to be the first to publish their findings. Their challenge: to decipher the structure and mechanism of AMPK, a tiny protein that controls the burning and storage of fat. Their road to success: years of trial and error, unflinching dedication, rock-climbing, rumors of pickle juice, and the music of The Flaming Lips.

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Major funding was provided by Merck.

Additional funding was provided by
The Winston Foundation, Richard J. Lounsbery Foundation, Jack Rudin, Robert Rifkind, Martin Leibowitz, Rifkind Family Foundation, J&AR Foundation, Hazen-Polsky Foundation, Lawrence Buttenweiser, William Golden, Peter Felcher, William Grant, James, Marcus, Jane Kosovsky, John O’Neil, Nancy Rifkind, Barbara Rifkind and & Adam Brandenburger and Anthony Viscusi.

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