Biologist and Lego collector finds inspiration in the tiny building blocks of life

It's uncommon to find a midcareer professional with a Lego collection most kids would die for. But that's only half the story. In addition to her Lego collection, Cynthia Bradham, an associate professor of biology at Boston University, is also among the top scientific minds in her field. She studies the larvae of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus to figure out how these specimens could improve science's understanding of a wide range of issues related to human development, including cancer, birth defects, regenerative medicine and the growth of new organs.

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