Struan Bourke


I am gay and I am a biophysicist making fluorescent molecules for biological imaging. //

I’ve sort of become a “jack of all trades” in my career in science. Starting with my undergraduate degree in genetics, a master’s in biomedical engineering, and currently doing a PhD in biophysics and nanotechnology. I study conjugated polymers and how they can be made into nano-particles that can be used as biological imaging agents. I spend a lot of time in front of microscopes and spectrometers. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve gotten to meet a lot of LGBT scientists, and I’m glad to see that it’s much more open these days. I hope to eventually act as a mentor to those newly entering the science world, and let them know that there are more of us and that it’s okay.