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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

Dbl%20new%20portrait%20B%26W.png After 10 years of blogging. . .

Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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June 18, 2013

New Photos, Same Blather

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Posted by Derek

I've been meaning for some time to put up some new photos on the site, what with the original one being over ten years old by now. So here we are - a progress through time. The beard remains a constant, and I still have the T. S. Eliot paperback that I'm reading in the 1983 shot. That's an old flash column next to me, drying out because I was too lazy to clean it out, and some TLC plates on the bench. I was doing carbohydrate chemistry, forming nitrones and doing cycloadditions, and I'm not at all sure that I've ever done a nitrone reaction since!

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1. David Kroll on June 18, 2013 8:06 PM writes...

Thanks for putting these up, Derek. You're looking more handsome and erudite each year.

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2. Lindsay on June 19, 2013 4:42 AM writes...

After 10 years of blogging you've turned in to a geologist!

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3. newnickname on June 19, 2013 6:49 AM writes...

In the lab the chemists come and go,
Talking of KC Nicolaou.

I always let my columns dry out or air purge them to dryness. The dry silica just pours right out into the waste jar.

In addition to the beard, another constant seems to be the generally high quality of the posts and comments (ipse dixit!).

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4. Anchor on June 19, 2013 7:25 AM writes...

The color photo dude! That is the one we all want. We all want to see those wrinkles on your face reflecting on the stress of multi-tasking! Good job over the years.

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5. petros on June 19, 2013 7:28 AM writes...


It's terrible how the hair, and beard, colour fades. The latter, at least in my case, is more faded!

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6. Virgil on June 19, 2013 7:52 AM writes...

As a fellow spectacle wearer, it's interesting to see another person's glasses shrink over the years. I shudder to think of the early '90s photos of me with a Sherlock-Holmes style magnifying glass over each eye!

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7. NMH on June 19, 2013 8:21 AM writes...

Good hair through the years, despite the inhalation of mutagens and potential carcinogens. Im envious.

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8. SP on June 19, 2013 8:27 AM writes...

Clearly he's just working on baldness cures (and testing them on himself.)

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9. Patricia on June 19, 2013 8:49 AM writes...

Hi. Going back to a story from a while ago: is there any more news about Apo A-1? My husband has genetically inherited very high cholesterol. In spite of a great diet & lots of exercise his cholesterol stays high so he has to take meds to lower it. We have 3 young children & I'm always on the lookout for something that could help him beat the odds of dying early from heart disease. Thank you.

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10. PS on June 19, 2013 8:50 AM writes...

Hi. Going back to a story from a while ago: is there any more news about Apo A-1? My husband has genetically inherited very high cholesterol. In spite of a great diet & lots of exercise his cholesterol stays high so he has to take meds to lower it. We have 3 young children & I'm always on the lookout for something that could help him beat the odds of dying early from heart disease. Thank you.

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11. Larry on June 19, 2013 9:02 AM writes...

Don't omit the late 90's 'fro.

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12. ST on June 19, 2013 9:26 AM writes...

you are the living proof: men mature don't get old... Sean Connery style!!!

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13. BikeFart on June 19, 2013 9:40 AM writes...

If you make those photos into a T-shirt, I will buy it and I will wear it.

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14. LeeH on June 19, 2013 10:16 AM writes...

Better grey hair than no hair.

And the glasses don't get smaller - the face gets bigger.

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15. Kevin on June 19, 2013 11:01 AM writes...

Σίβυλλα, τι θέλεις?

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16. Kevin on June 19, 2013 11:02 AM writes...

So no Koine in the comments then...

Sibyl, what do you want?

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17. Derek Lowe on June 19, 2013 11:11 AM writes...

#15/16 Kevin: double points to you for the attempt! I often think of that quotation when I'm writing posts that go into the "Aging and Lifespan" category on the blog. . .

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18. josh on June 19, 2013 12:49 PM writes...

1983: Change the beard a bit and you become Frank Zappa.

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19. MLBpitcher and Medicinal Chemist on June 19, 2013 1:29 PM writes...

Don't forget that you pitched more than 15 years in the Majors.

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20. Bob Sacamano on June 19, 2013 1:42 PM writes...

Can you explain the tinted '80s glasses? Or are those safety glasses?

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21. gippgig on June 19, 2013 1:52 PM writes...

Off topic, and I have no idea if this is being shown anywhere else, but the TV listing for Washington, D.C. gives June 22 10:30AM Channel 32 WHUT Second Opinion A women talks about her participation in a clinical trial. (Is this sort of thing of any interest? Is it worth bothering to post it?)

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22. RKN on June 19, 2013 3:11 PM writes...

Clearly someone has been on a SIRT1 agonist for ~30 years. Or is it SIRT2?

Whatever, keep up the good work.

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23. anon on June 19, 2013 4:08 PM writes...

i like the new pic, it looks a lot less mephistophelean

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24. anonon on June 19, 2013 7:28 PM writes...

Agree with #23 anon, definitely looking friendlier in the latest pic.

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25. Old CMCGuy on June 20, 2013 8:08 AM writes...

#20: Everyone's glasses looked like that in the 80's! Well, all the cool kids in the lab did...

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