Along Came a Biologist, Spinning Silken Genes

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U. Of California at Riverside

Cheryl Y. Hayashi

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U. Of California at Riverside

Cheryl Y. Hayashi

Cheryl Y. Hayashi, a professor of biology at the University of California at Riverside, conducts research that would be the envy of Spider-Man. The researcher, who received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Yale University and won a MacArthur grant in 2007, leads a laboratory that clones and sequences genes that create proteins for spider silk, a fiber that can be up to five times stronger than steel. Her lab also performs tests on the fibers to determine such material properties as