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Career Spotlight: Population Geneticist

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Ryan Hernandez is an assistant professor at UC San Francisco in the department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. Playing sports was his top priority in high school, but encouragement from one of his teachers led him pursue a major in mathematics in college. As an undergraduate, Hernandez’s interest in population genetics sprung from his curiosity about how and why his grandmother developed diabetes. He wanted to try to design a model to show the interaction between blood glucose, insulin and insulin receptors that leads to the onset of diabetes. Hernandez went on to earn his PhD in Biometry from Cornell University. The Hernandez lab at UCSF uses data from human genomes to study patterns of genetic variation between populations.

This video is one of three in the Career Spotlight: Biotechnology series.

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Joshua is a Multimedia Producer for KQED Science and the Lead Producer for Deep Look. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, he went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS and the Intersea Foundation. He also served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. Josh studied science and natural history filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Montana State University.