Despite her Ph.D. in biochemistry, Karen Hopkin began with a seemingly questionable hypothesis: that the world of science is full of studs. That underneath some of those shapeless lab coats are hunks just yearning to breathe free. That there are electrical engineers who could achy-breaky your circuits, physicists who could smash not just particles but stereotypes.
Senior vice president, R&D;, at MedImmune Inc. in Gaithersburg
Schedule: 5 a.m. game of squash or racquetball, a long run before bedtime
Early science leanings: Caught frogs, turtles, butterflies, beetles
Lunch favorite: Sushi several times a week
Flying high when: His biotech company makes a breakthrough, and on weekends when he pilots a Cessna to his summer place on the Jersey shore