Learning from field experts is an integral part of academic experience at RCDS. To deepen their learning in science and research, Upper School Computational Biology and AP Biology classes recently met via Zoom with Dr. Diego Calderon, a postdoctoral geneticist at the University of Washington.
Dr. Calderon discussed his work studying how cells control our genes and the implication of this dynamic for human disease. He shared with students his research studies on fruit fly development, transcriptional control of DNA to RNA, and genetic patterns of ancient Roman migration. The virtual meeting also included time for questions about pursuing scientific research as a profession.
Many thanks to Dr. Calderon for an engaging conversation that gave students a firsthand look at current research and scientific best practices, as well as a glimpse into the varied possibilities of a career in science.