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.
Note: Please see academic advisor before attempting to add a chemistry FIG.
College Connections Faculty: 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
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.