Feb. 21, 2013
Ian Lipkin, a graduate of the Rush Medical College Class of 1978, has been featured in several installments of PBS' Web-based series, "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers." The show, which is produced by the makers of the long-running series, "NOVA," features exclusive, entertaining segments where scientists are interviewed about a particular secret that they have.
While Lipkin's day job finds him as the director for the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, where he is a self-described "microbe hunter.' However, he spent some time working as a consultant on the 2011 hit film, Contagion, which starred Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow. Lipkin's job was to ensure that the medical thriller, which dealt with the rapid spread of an unknown virus, was as true to the science as possible.
"I would occasionally walk up and tap [director] Steven Soderbergh and say, 'You know, it really doesn't work that way,'" he says in one of the videos. He also tells the story of how he discovered an inaccuracy after filming had been completed, and that the scene had to be re-shot at great expense. "It really has to be good science," he adds.
You can see all of the videos featuring Lipkin at "Secret Life's" website