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Happiness on a Chain: Is That An Oxymoron?


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Scientists are, in general, a rebellious bunch. But Raven Hanna, the brains behind Made With Molecules, may be more rebellious than most. After completing a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and doing a post-doc at UC Berkeley, she left the well-trodden path to the Ivory Tower to live off the grid and pursue science art (not necessarily in that order). Specifically, she makes jewelry out of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin and molecules like caffeine that enjoy name recognition with the general public.

Caffeine necklace

Caffeine necklace from Made With Molecules

Focus necklace

Made With Molecules' Focus necklace has norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and dopamine, which aid focus and attention.

What started as a desire to communicate science to the public in a non-intimidating way (in case you were wondering, mentioning that you work in molecular biophysics does not generally make for great small talk) has turned into much more. Hanna regularly receives letters from customers who take her designs as symbols – reminders of a struggle or an aspiration – bringing her work full circle. By connecting with people on a human level, she opens a door to communicate something else. As she puts it, there’s “a covert science lesson in every box.”

Endorphins necklace by Made With Molecules

Endorphins necklace by Made With Molecules

Serotonin keychain by Made With Molecules

Serotonin keychain by Made With Molecules

More on Raven Hanna and Made With Molecules:
Made With Molecules website
A molecular biophysicist gives up the lab bench to follow another molecular muse
Designer Molecules
Scientist’s Career Morphs into Bling for the Brain

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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