Interviewee: Hernan Garcia, Assistant Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Interviewer: Jonathan Jackson, PhD student in Biophysics, Harvard University

How does a single cell give rise to a complicated organism? What controls how a DNA blueprint can give rise to so many different cell behaviors in so regulated a manner? How can statistical mechanics (we promise it’s not too scary!) help scientists to address long-standing questions of developmental biology?

Join us as we talk with Dr. Hernan Garcia, a professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, about how he and his lab investigate these questions by predicting developmental decisions in fruit flies.

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  1. We love science and learning about the world around us, so we are always drawn to books … It is important to help instill an attitude of inquiry from an early age.

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