Promega will soon introduce the Spectrum CE System for forensic and paternity analysis. Building this system requires the efforts of many people from many disciplines—from our customers who have told us their needs to the engineers and scientists building the instrument and ensuring its performance. Periodically we will introduce our Promega Connections readers to a team member so that you can have a sneak peak and behind-the-scenes look at Spectrum CE System and the people who are creating it (of course if you truly want to be the first to know, sign up at www.promega.com/spectrum to receive regular, exclusive updates about Spectrum CE).
Today we introduce Marty Ensenberger, Senior Research Scientist on the Spectrum CE System.
Tell us a little bit about what your role is on the Spectrum project.
I work on the team that is developing the eight-color STR chemistry for Spectrum. It is exciting to be among the first users of the instrument. As we continue to develop and optimize the multiplex, we are also providing feedback to help guide the development of the instrument and its software.
What are you most excited about working on for Spectrum?
The people. This project has brought together a group of people who are wonderfully diverse in their expertise and perspectives to launch an instrument, software, and chemistry all purpose-built around the needs of our customers. I have found it incredibly rewarding to be a part of this effort and work with such talented and enthusiastic people. I am especially excited to begin working with our customers as we finalize development!
If you could be anything else, what career would you have?
A bicycle mechanic. A few years ago, friends got me back into biking. I now ride, commute, and race as often as my schedule, and the Wisconsin weather, will allow. For me, riding a bike is uniquely therapeutic. Part of what I find appealing about bikes is their simplicity with advances in materials, fabrication, and design interjecting fun bits of complexity. As a byproduct of riding, I began maintaining and repairing my family’s growing stable of bikes. This work has become equally therapeutic and rewarding.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My two daughters Abby and Isobel continually amaze and inspire me. My effort to keep up with them helps me stay young at heart. Whether it’s coaching their sports teams or helping them with school work, I love watching them learn and grow as they mature into the wonderful young women that I know they will be. I hope they never loose their exuberance and ability to see challenges as opportunities.
Name two songs that would be on the soundtrack of your life.
I chose this question because of the importance of music in my life. My musical tastes are wide-ranging and span most genres (with the exception of the two kinds of music featured at Bob’s Country Bunker). Music often has a place in the background of my activities, including lab work. With that in mind, the soundtrack of my life would likely be along and interesting mix of artists. Choosing just two songs proved to be more difficult than I had originally thought but here goes… The first song is “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend. I chose this song not for the title or lyrics, but because its frenetic pace interrupted briefly by moments of calmness is reminiscent of the cadence of life. Song two is “Doin’ it Right” by Daft Punk (feat. Panda Bear). I chose this song because I am a fan of both artists and its repeating lyrics that tell us that if you’re “doin’ it right everybody will be dancing” is a wonderful reminder to keep life joyous and celebrate success.