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ALBERT HINMAN, Genetics PhD Student

Major: Genetics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a Genetics PhD candidate in Dr. Anne Villeneuve's laboratory at Stanford University. My thesis work investigates the mechanisms underlying double-strand break initiation in meiotic recombination using genomic sequencing, fluorescence microscopy, molecular biology, nematode culturing, and classical genetics. Prior to arriving at Stanford, I graduated from Virginia Tech with bachelors in Biological Sciences and Nanoscience. At Virginia Tech, I worked in Dr. Daniela Cimini's laboratory to investigate how Aurora A kinase corrects kinetochore-microtubule attachments using fluorescence microscopy and mammalian cell culturing. At both Virginia Tech and Stanford, I devote time outside of the laboratory to education, mentoring, diversity-advocacy, and science outreach.

My hobbies are listening to music, taking care of pets, reading on science & technology policy, and playing computer games.

Past Classes

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B6551: Torn at the Genes: A Debate Over Genetically Altered Plants in Splash Spring 2018
Participants will read a case study that looks at the scientific and ethical issues of genetically altered plants. This class aims... - To examine the techniques used to transfer genes from one organism to another. - To consider the benefits as well as the costs of genetic engineering. -To examine the potential ecological consequences of genetic engineering of crops - To discuss the ethical arguments involved in the manipulation of DNA in organisms and the issue of labeling genetically modified food. - To consider possible health issues associated with genetically modified foods, including allergies and antibiotic resistance. - To consider the possible evolution of resistance in bacteria and insects due to genetically engineered foods.

B6053: Underrepresented Heroes in Science in Splash Fall 2017
This course will go through some of the historically underrepresented professors who have made significant contributions to their scientific fields, emphasis will be placed on discussing their background and life journey.

B5153: Fantastic Chromosomes and Where to Find Them in Splash Fall 2016
Chromosomes are often taught as a very boring area of biology in high school. We are basically told that they divide in cell division and that each human has 23 pairs of them. Yet chromosomes are capable of incredibly amazing things, and they influence biology in ways scientists are just beginning to unravel… This course will discuss: some of the dynamic events that chromosomes engage in, examples of unique animals that have different numbers of chromosomes throughout their body, and how chromosomes can cause genetic exceptionalities. This course is recommended for those who are interested in biology, medicine, or simply are intrigued by this description.

C5268: The Chemistry of Coke: Taste the Feeling in Splash Fall 2016
After looking at a brief history of Coca-Cola, this class will explore the current varieties of Coke and their chemical compositions. We will investigate these chemical compositions through the variety of sweeteners used in three different Coke products. After discussion, students will get to taste the difference in each one.

B4513: Tyler and Albert Teach Genome Editing in Splash Fall 2015
Genome editing is revolutionizing the level of control that humans have over their health and environment. In this class we will discuss the basic techniques that scientists use to alter the genomes of organisms and the effects of these changes. Throughout the course, students will brainstorm ways to apply these techniques to current issues in human health, medicine, and agriculture.

B4521: The Nanoscience of our Living World in Splash Fall 2015
There's a lot of buzz words being thrown around with nanotechnology and nanoscience in current media. What exactly is nanoscience, and how does it affect us? This class will serve as a crash course showing how the nano-world interacts with our living one. We will cover: The Basics of Nanoscience, Basic Nanomedicine Applications, Nanoscience & the Environment, and if time permits, Nanotechnology Commercial Products. If you have the slightest interest in this class, regardless of your background, I highly encourage you to sign up. Remember that to think big, we sometimes have to think small!