Graduate Student Spotlight: Christopher Richardson

Danielle Randall
May 25, 2017

Hailing from Montpelier, Vermont, Christopher Richardson is in his third year as a graduate student at MIT.  Working in the lab of Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Chris studies how metazoan cells respond to perturbations of Zn(II) homeostasis. In particular, he is characterizing the transcriptomic response of HEK-293T and HeLa cells cultured in the absence of Zn(II). Simultaneously, Chris explores the etiology of Spondylocheiro dysplastic Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, which is caused by mutations in a Zn(II) transporter.

As the subject of May 2017's Graduate Student Spotlight, Chris divulges he piece of entertainment he'd like to experience again for the first time, his top three favorite fictional characters, the most interesting documentary he's watched, and many more interesting facets!

1. What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?
The Lord of the Rings Universe (Middle Earth).

2. What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Why now?

3. Who are three of your favorite fictional characters?
Merida from Brave, Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, and Dumbledore.

4. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Fidget spinners.

5. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?

6. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
Winning the Lottery.

7. What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
Furious 7.

8. What is on your bucket list?

9. What is your favorite four-legged creature?
My childhood cat, Lodka.

10. Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
I came to MIT interested in bioinorganic chemistry, and was lucky enough to find a project that allows me to couple my interest in metals in biology with cell biology.

11. If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be?

12. Would you rather have an unlimited international first class ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
Unlimited First Class Tickets.

13. What’s the most interesting building you’ve ever seen or been in?
Stirling Castle.

14. If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?
Sylvester Stallone.

15. If animals could talk, which animal do you think would be the most annoying, and why?

16. What’s the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?
Fed Up.

17. If you were given five million dollars to open a small museum, what kind of museum would you create?
Steak Museum.

18. What are some of the best vacations you’ve had?
Nicaragua, Poland, and The Republic of Georgia

19. If you could pick any career other than the one you’ve chosen, what would it be?

20. What question would you most like to know the answer to?
What are tonight's winning lottery numbers?


Many thanks to Chris for these thoughtful answers! Stay tuned for more Graduate Student Spotlights in the months to come!