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MICHAEL DUBREUIL, Biology Graduate Student & Evolution Enthusiast




Major: Cancer Biology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a 5th year graduate student (aka 21st grade) in the Cancer Biology Program here at Stanford. I study oxidative stress in human cells, but I love learning about all aspects of the world around us through science.



Past Classes

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B6250: CRISPR & Genome Engineering in Splash Spring 2018
Whether or not you've heard of it before, CRISPR/Cas9 is revolutionizing the biological world. I'll cover a short history of genome engineering, how the CRISPR/Cas9 system works, and applications of this amazing biological tool!


R6251: The Search for Life in the Universe in Splash Spring 2018
Are we alone in the universe? How can we know? If we do find life, where can we find it and what will it look like? Will it be microbial or multi-cellular? Will life on other planets even have cells? In this class we'll discuss these questions and the modern attempts to answer them in a brief overview of the Search for Life in the Universe!


B6461: Life on Earth: A Brief History in Splash Spring 2018
Life on Earth has been around for approximately 3.5 billion years. That's a incredible amount of time and a lot has happened to life over the eons. We'll be doing a *very* quick overview of the history of life on Earth and covering some of the most interesting epochs on our planet!


B6462: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World in Splash Spring 2018
The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears. We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


R5932: The Search for Life in the Universe in Splash Fall 2017
Are we alone in the universe? How can we know? If we do find life, where can we find it and what will it look like? Will it be microbial or multi-cellular? Will life on other planets even have cells? In this class we'll discuss these questions and the modern attempts to answer them in a brief overview of the Search for Life in the Universe!


B5933: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World in Splash Fall 2017
Ligers, Tigons, and wholphins, oh my! The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears. We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


B5934: Evolution: the Saga of Life in Splash Fall 2017
Evolution: the process that's responsible for all life you see around you. In this class, you'll get a brief introduction to the process of evolution and hear a collection of interesting evolutionary stories from eye evolution to how humans are still evolving today.


B5939: CRISPR & Genome Engineering in Splash Fall 2017
Whether or not you've heard of it before, CRISPR/Cas9 is revolutionizing the biological world. I'll cover a short history of genome engineering, how the CRISPR/Cas9 system works, and applications of this amazing biological tool!


R5464: The Search for Life in the Universe in Splash Spring 2017
Are we alone in the universe? How can we know? If we do find life, where can we find it and what will it look like? Will it be microbial or multi-cellular? Will life on other planets even have cells? In this class we'll discuss these questions and the modern attempts to answer them in a brief overview of the Search for Life in the Universe!


B5740: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World in Splash Spring 2017
Ligers, Tigons, and wholphins, oh my! The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears. We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


B5783: Modern Techniques in Biology in Splash Spring 2017
This is an informal class that will go over a few techniques that are used in biology laboratories from Stanford to Beijing, from small academic labs to biotechnology giants like Genentech. Examples include PCR, sequencing, and antibody-based procedures


B5784: Evolution: the Saga of Life in Splash Spring 2017
Evolution: the process that's responsible for all life you see around you. In this class, you'll get a brief introduction to the process of evolution and hear a collection of interesting evolutionary stories from eye evolution to how humans are still evolving today.


B5054: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World in Splash Fall 2016
Ligers, Tigons, and wholphins, oh my! The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears. We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


B5055: Evolution: the Saga of Life in Splash Fall 2016
Evolution: the process that's responsible for all life you see around you. In this class, you'll get a brief introduction to the process of evolution and hear a collection interesting evolutionary stories from eye evolution to how humans are still evolving today.


R5365: The Search for Life in the Unierse in Splash Fall 2016
Are we alone in the universe? How can we know? If we do find life, where can we find it and what will it look like? Will it be microbial or multi-cellular? Will life on other planets even have cells? In this class we'll discuss these questions and the modern attempts to answer them in a brief overview of the Search for Life in the Universe!


B4976: Speciation: Classifying the Biological World in Splash Spring 2016
The concept of species has been used since the early days of biology to classify the natural world around us. However, we are ever coming to realize designating one species from another is not as easy as it first appears. We will be talking about what makes a species, where our classifications break down, hybrid species, and the human species


B4171: Modern Techniques in Biology in Splash Spring 2015
This is an informal class that will go over a few techniques that are used in biology laboratories from Stanford to Beijing, from small academic labs to biotechnology giants like Genentech. Examples include PCR, sequencing, and antibody-based procedures


B3874: Evolution: the Saga of Life in Splash Fall 2014
Evolution: the process that's responsible for all life you see around you. In this class, you'll get a brief introduction to the process of evolution and hear a collection interesting evolutionary stories from eye evolution to how humans are still evolving today.


B3974: DNA and You: a Tale of Compaction in Splash Fall 2014
DNA has existed for billions of years, but does it do? In this class, we'll explore the role of DNA and how cells can pack so much of it into one tiny space (Strawberry's have 9 feet of DNA in each cell!). This will also include a short lab where we will extract DNA from strawberries.


B3275: When life gives you lemons, eat a miracle berry... in Splash! Fall 2013
Learn about the science behind taste! How do we sense and distinguish different tastes? How do taste buds work? Find out all this and more! At the end of the class you will be able to try a "Miracle Berry Tablet" which will make sour foods taste sweet.