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EMILY KOLENBRANDER, PhD student in developmental biology at Stanford




Major: Developmental Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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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 4th year of a PhD at Stanford. I study how cells in embryos talk to each other and 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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B6245: There’s a Flamingo in My Genes: Genetic Mutants 101 in Splash Spring 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
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!