Human Genome

The ideas covered in this FIG help to bridge the gap between research going on in the science world and the events that occur in our daily lives, with a focus on the explosion of research in genomics since the completion of the Human Genome Project.

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College Connections Faculty: Leslie Coonrod

Photo of College Connections faculty for Human Genome, Leslie Coonrod.

My name is Leslie Coonrod, and I received my Ph.D. right here at the U of O. My thesis work was focused on the disease myotonic dystrophy (one of the muscular dystrophys), specifically, trying to find a drug to treat the disease. Since graduating in 2012, I have continued my research in the Berglund lab while teaching here on campus, including courses such as Ch 140: Science, Policy, and Biology, Ch 464/564: RNA Biochemistry, and BI 610: Applied Next Generation Sequencing Techniques and Technologies.

In my spare time, I like to cook, bike, hike, and read; however, at the moment, most of my spare time is taken up by my most recent and ongoing experiment in developmental biology: my 10 month old son! It’s amazing to watch him grow and learn – he’s really shown me how to appreciate the world around me as he’s discovering it for the first time.

FIG Assistant: Jessica Kaiser


Summer Assignment

For your summer assignment, please read the book The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 10:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.