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ESP Biography



EMILY HO, PhD student in developmental biology at Stanford




Major: Developmental Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I grew up in Boston, went to college in Minnesota to study biology, and now I'm starting my 5th year of a PhD at Stanford. I study how cells in embryos talk to each other and tell each other which body parts to become. When I'm not in lab I enjoy practicing piano, playing board games, and going on adventures to the beach.



Past Classes

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B7071: How the Python Got Its Name: Greek Mythology in Animal Taxonomy in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
You’ve probably heard of Greek gods, like Apollo and Athena, and Greek monsters like Medusa. These might seem like fantastical stories from thousands of years ago, but they are still relevant to our lives today - even to modern biology! In this class, we will explore the ancient stories that inspired the scientific names of all kinds of animals, and see what these stories can teach us about familiar and unfamiliar creatures. You’ll even get to do some storytelling of your own!


B6744: There’s a Flamingo in My Genes: Genetic Mutants 101 in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Did you know you have a gene in your DNA called Sonic hedgehog? And one called Spock? It’s not just because biologists have a good sense of humor- these names actually can tell us a lot about what a gene does! In this class you will learn how biologists use mutants with awesome names to make important discoveries, and how they give genes their names in the first place. You will also practice identifying and naming mutants, and well as creating you own!


B6245: There’s a Flamingo in My Genes: Genetic Mutants 101 in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Did you know you have a gene in your DNA called Sonic hedgehog? And one called Spock? It’s not just because biologists have a good sense of humor- these names actually can tell us a lot about what a gene does! In this class you will learn how biologists use mutants with awesome names to make important discoveries, and how they give genes their names in the first place. You will also practice identifying mutants and naming them yourself!


B5985: There’s a Flamingo in my genes: genetic mutants 101 in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Did you know you have a gene in your DNA called Sonic hedgehog? And one called Spock? It’s not just because biologists have a good sense of humor- these names actually can tell us a lot about what a gene does! In this class you will learn how biologists use mutants with awesome names to make important discoveries, and how they give genes their names in the first place. You will also practice identifying mutants and naming them yourself!