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ALBERT HINMAN, Genetics PhD Student




Major: Genetics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a Genetics PhD candidate in Dr. Anne Villeneuve's laboratory as well as a Public Policy Graduate Certificate Student in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University.

For my PhD research: Meiosis is a specialized cell division program that reduces an individual’s two sets of matched chromosomes by half to produce gametes (sperm or eggs); this ensures that upon fertilization, each sperm and egg will contribute one complete set of chromosomes to the embryo. This division crucially depends on the formation of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) and their corresponding repair in a meiosis-specific manner to promote correct chromosome segregation. My studies aim to elucidate how the DSB machinery operates to ensure a successful outcome of meiosis.

In addition to my research, I have recently acquired a strong interest in science and technology policy. To explore this area, I am part of the first cohort of the Public Policy Certificate Program where I take courses relevant for policy in economic theory. At my previous institute, Virginia Tech, as well as Stanford, I devote time outside of the laboratory to education, mentoring, diversity-advocacy, and making connections with people.

My hobbies are listening to music, taking care of my cat, reading on science & technology policy, connecting with people, enjoying time with my fiancee, and playing computer games.



Past Classes

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L6931: Public Speaking in front of Important People in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
We all usually have no problem conversing with friends, but we find an incredible amount of difficulty when we have to give a presentation to a personal evaluator (e.g. teacher, boss, adviser). This course will recap some of the basic advice you'll hear on presentation skills, cover essential design principles on PowerPoint design, and finish with subjective and advanced principles of communication styles, rhythm control, and pitch. My experience comes from several courses in my bachelors that focused on technical research communication, as well as getting audiences excited about my own biological research over the past seven years.


B6551: Torn at the Genes: A Debate Over Genetically Altered Plants in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Participants will read a case study that looks at the scientific and ethical issues of genetically altered plants. This class aims... - To examine the techniques used to transfer genes from one organism to another. - To consider the benefits as well as the costs of genetic engineering. -To examine the potential ecological consequences of genetic engineering of crops - To discuss the ethical arguments involved in the manipulation of DNA in organisms and the issue of labeling genetically modified food. - To consider possible health issues associated with genetically modified foods, including allergies and antibiotic resistance. - To consider the possible evolution of resistance in bacteria and insects due to genetically engineered foods.


B6053: Underrepresented Heroes in Science in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
This course will go through some of the historically underrepresented professors who have made significant contributions to their scientific fields, emphasis will be placed on discussing their background and life journey.


B5153: Fantastic Chromosomes and Where to Find Them in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Chromosomes are often taught as a very boring area of biology in high school. We are basically told that they divide in cell division and that each human has 23 pairs of them. Yet chromosomes are capable of incredibly amazing things, and they influence biology in ways scientists are just beginning to unravel… This course will discuss: some of the dynamic events that chromosomes engage in, examples of unique animals that have different numbers of chromosomes throughout their body, and how chromosomes can cause genetic exceptionalities. This course is recommended for those who are interested in biology, medicine, or simply are intrigued by this description.


C5268: The Chemistry of Coke: Taste the Feeling in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
After looking at a brief history of Coca-Cola, this class will explore the current varieties of Coke and their chemical compositions. We will investigate these chemical compositions through the variety of sweeteners used in three different Coke products. After discussion, students will get to taste the difference in each one.


B4513: Tyler and Albert Teach Genome Editing in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Genome editing is revolutionizing the level of control that humans have over their health and environment. In this class we will discuss the basic techniques that scientists use to alter the genomes of organisms and the effects of these changes. Throughout the course, students will brainstorm ways to apply these techniques to current issues in human health, medicine, and agriculture.


B4521: The Nanoscience of our Living World in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
There's a lot of buzz words being thrown around with nanotechnology and nanoscience in current media. What exactly is nanoscience, and how does it affect us? This class will serve as a crash course showing how the nano-world interacts with our living one. We will cover: The Basics of Nanoscience, Basic Nanomedicine Applications, Nanoscience & the Environment, and if time permits, Nanotechnology Commercial Products. If you have the slightest interest in this class, regardless of your background, I highly encourage you to sign up. Remember that to think big, we sometimes have to think small!