Rob DeSalle

In college, Rob DeSalle wanted to study the narwhal, an Arctic whale with an eight-foot spiral tooth. His professor suggested that the best way to learn about this unusual animal would be to study its genetics. This advice led Rob to a career in molecular biology. Today at the American Museum of Natural History, he runs a genetics lab and designs exhibits.

Image credits: main image: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH; Rob DeSalle: courtesy of Denis Finnin, AMNH.