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== Answers to Student Questions Spring 2013 ==
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*Hey Dr.Dahlquist, I do not know how I chose 18 for that question on journal 12, I think it must have been a typo or I was overly tired when doing the assignment.  I changed it to 120. Also made correction on my answer to question 4 and shared my matrix and transpose with you on lionshare.
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Thanks*[[User:Kevin Matthew McKay|Kevin Matthew McKay]] 13:55, 18 April 2013 (EDT)
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
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Sorry I didn't post a question here, I misunderstood the directions.
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I've noticed that it is really hard to explain scientific idea to those not in the science field. After numerous discussions with my roommates, some of them still do not believe global warming is an issue being worsened by people. They also don't believe it is "as bad as scientists make it out to be". Is it an issue with scientists being unable to explain their knowledge to those not in the field, or is it just too hard to convince people that their long-held beliefs are wrong?
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Thanks! (also, I think I've made all the corrections you recommended to my page, but I'm still not sure if I'm doing the template right)
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[[User:Salman Ahmad|Salman Ahmad]] 20:18, 7 February 2013 (EST)
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Good afternoon,
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I responded to your feedback for my week 1 work on my talk page.  Have a good weekend!
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[[User:Elizabeth Polidan|Elizabeth Polidan]] 19:53, 2 February 2013 (EST)
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Hey Dr. Dahlquist, did you ever consider medical school?  What made you choose the research path?
Hey Dr. Dahlquist, did you ever consider medical school?  What made you choose the research path?
[[User:Kevin Matthew McKay|Kevin Matthew McKay]] 20:34, 17 January 2013 (EST)
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering what your favorite subject in undergraduate biology was? Also, what is some of the research you did in college, and what are you currently working on? [[User:Kasey E. O&#39;Connor|Kasey E. O&#39;Connor]] 21:31, 21 January 2013 (EST)
Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering what your favorite subject in undergraduate biology was? Also, what is some of the research you did in college, and what are you currently working on? [[User:Kasey E. O&#39;Connor|Kasey E. O&#39;Connor]] 21:31, 21 January 2013 (EST)
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:I was always interested in how cells worked, so the classes that I took related to that were the equivalent of our Cell Function course, Genetics, and Biochemistry.  I knew that I was interested in molecular biology, but I didn't actually take a course specifically in that until graduate school
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:In college, I worked in a plant physiology lab that was studying photosystem II in chloroplasts.  My advisor had discovered that some peripheral membrane proteins in photosystem II dissociated from the membrane during heat stress in wheat.  I was studying a strain of the ''Clorella pyrenoidosa'' algae that could survive at high temperatures to see whether these proteins stayed associated with the membrane.  My experiments suggested that they did, but we were not able to prove it definitively because we were having trouble purifying thylakoid membranes from the algae.
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:My current research projects are listed in the answer to James' question.
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: Wow, I've never been asked this before!  The first name that came to mind was Meryl Streep.  I really admire her as an actor and would love to be on one of her movie sets experiencing how she does such a great job doing characters like Julia Child or Margaret Thatcher.
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Thank you,
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[[User:Elizabeth Polidan|Elizabeth Polidan]] 22:33, 21 January 2013 (EST)
[[User:Elizabeth Polidan|Elizabeth Polidan]] 22:33, 21 January 2013 (EST)
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:It's hard for me to imagine not doing something science-related.  One of my favorite jobs was when I worked at a book store in high school.  I was like a kid in a candy shop.  Sadly, that book store does not exist anymore; nor do many book stores.  I have become more and more interested in politics and government policy, so I could see myself as an investigative journalist, or working on government policy in some area.
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist,  I was wondering what class you hated the most during undergraduate and why?  [[User:Anthony J. Wavrin|Anthony J. Wavrin]] 00:47, 22 January 2013 (EST)
Hi Dr. Dahlquist,  I was wondering what class you hated the most during undergraduate and why?  [[User:Anthony J. Wavrin|Anthony J. Wavrin]] 00:47, 22 January 2013 (EST)
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:I would have to say an Intro to Politics class that I took.  The class had a really great reading list, but all we seemed to do was sit around "bs-ing" during class and not really getting into the texts.  I distinctly remember one class where some of the students would say more and more outrageous things to see if the professor would call them out on it, but he never did.  Despite what looked like a great syllabus, I didn't feel like the class lived up to its potential.
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Thanks,
Thanks,
[[User:Ashley Rhoades|Ashley Rhoades]] 01:26, 22 January 2013 (EST)
[[User:Ashley Rhoades|Ashley Rhoades]] 01:26, 22 January 2013 (EST)
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:I would have to say that my current research is the most enjoyable.  When I became a professor I was able to finally determine my research direction completely by myself (not influenced by my graduate or postdoc advisor).  That meant that I could finally choose what I was most interested in to work on.  My research projects are listed above in the answer to James' question.
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What are some of the different fields you have worked in within the area of biology? [[User:Paul Magnano|Paul Magnano]] 02:47, 22 January 2013 (EST)
What are some of the different fields you have worked in within the area of biology? [[User:Paul Magnano|Paul Magnano]] 02:47, 22 January 2013 (EST)
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:* plant physiology (photosystem II in algae)
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:* RNA biochemistry (binding of translation initiation factor IF1 to A site of small subunit of the ribosome)
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:* bioinformatics (development of [http://www.genmapp.org GenMAPP] software; development of [http://xmlpipedb.cs.lmu.edu/ XMLPipeDB] software)
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:* genomics (global transcriptional response to cold shock in yeast)
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:* biomathematics (modeling of transcriptional network controlling the cold shock response in yeast)
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:* metagenomics (diversity of soil bacteria in the Ballona Wetlands)
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''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 19:58, 24 January 2013 (EST)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
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What drew you back to Biology after studying Philosophy?
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[[User:Helena M. Olivieri|Helena M. Olivieri]] 01:10, 23 January 2013 (EST)
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:*I wouldn't say that I ever really left biology.  I got interested in the philosophy of science when I was in high school and just briefly considered majoring in philosophy in my first semester freshman year.  The biology major didn't start until the second semester and as soon as I took my first college biology class, I made my decision to major in biology and do some philosophy on the side.  I ended up taking a few extra courses in philosophy in college and was fortunate to be able to do a specialized tutorial in the philosophy of science when I studied abroad at Oxford my junior year.  I guess I thought I wanted to approach the philosophy of science from the point of view of a practicing scientist.
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering, after reading the Stewart and Janovy reading, whether or not you have ever thought about switching the specimens you currently do research on, for a completely different animal?   
Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering, after reading the Stewart and Janovy reading, whether or not you have ever thought about switching the specimens you currently do research on, for a completely different animal?   
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==week 12 paul magnano==
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I uploaded the genelist/GO for 5 clusters on the original assignment, im not sure why you were not able to access it on lionshare. I just re shared it with you please let me know if you cannot access it still. [[User:Paul Magnano|Paul Magnano]] 12:55, 18 April 2013 (EDT)
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== Week 1 Questions Fall 2014 ==
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Hello Dr. Dahlquist,
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Do you believe that you have encountered any resistance from your peers throughout your career due to being a woman in a traditionally male dominated field?
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[[User:Nicole Anguiano|Nicole Anguiano]] 01:29, 3 September 2014 (EDT)
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: I don't think I would use the phrase "resistance from peers" to describe my experiences, but I will say that I have experienced some challenges unique to being a woman in my field.  I would be happy to share more with you about this offline.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 19:13, 3 September 2014 (EDT)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
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What is the one thing that is at the top of your bucket list?
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[[User:Isabel Gonzaga|Isabel Gonzaga]] 20:09, 28 August 2014 (EDT)
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: Wow, that's a tough one.  I guess I haven't really thought of what's on my bucket list!  What immediately comes to mind is that there are restaurants that I've always wanted to eat at.  [http://sbe.com/restaurants/locations/thebazaar-beverlyhills/] Bazaar is known for it's molecular gastronomy and I definitely want to go there sometime!
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Hello Dr. Dahlquist,
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What is your favorite food to eat?
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[[User:Chloe Jones|Chloe Jones]] 03:49, 3 September 2014 (EDT)Chloe Jones
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: It's hard to narrow it down to just one!  I often say that chips and salsa are God's perfect food!  It's a tradition in my family to get food at Hacienda del Rey on Lincoln on Friday nights--I love Mexican food!  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 18:47, 3 September 2014 (EDT)''
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Hello Dr. Dahlquist,
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If you were not a biology professor nor doing research, what career would you see yourself in?<br>
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[[User:Natalie Williams|Natalie Williams]] 19:26, 17 January 2015 (EST)
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: Recently, I've gotten interested in public policy and investigative journalism.  I would like to use my scientific training in data analysis to tackle broader societal questions.  I think investigative journalism is important to holding our elected officials accountable for their actions. ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 20:13, 21 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist, <br>
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What is your favorite book and why? <br>
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[[User:Kara M Dismuke|Kara M Dismuke]] 17:03, 18 January 2015 (EST)
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: It's hard to choose just one!  I'm a big Harry Potter fan, the 5th, 6th, and 7th books are my favorites.  ''Beggars in Spain'' by Nancy Kress (and the two follow-ups in the trilogy, ''Beggars and Choosers'' and ''Beggar's Ride'') is up there--it's about genetically modified people that don't need to sleep and I use it in my seminar class BIOL 585:  Issues in Biotechnology.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 20:15, 21 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
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If you had a time machine but had to use it for science, which past research or experiment would you most want to be part of? <br>
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[[User:Kristen M. Horstmann|Kristen M. Horstmann]] 17:55, 18 January 2015 (EST)
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: If I can answer your question this way, I'd love to go back to the beginning of life on earth and see if it really happened the way we currently think--the RNA world.  I'd love to take some samples and bring it back to the present to analyze.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 20:55, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
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What drew you back to Biology after studying Philosophy?
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What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were my age?
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[[User:Alyssa N Gomes|Alyssa N Gomes]] 22:37, 18 January 2015 (EST)
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: Ahhh, so many things!  I guess the big two things that I wish I had known (or believed) in college are:
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* I am not my results, i.e., my self worth is not determined by my academic performance.  I took feedback on my work too personally so that if I did badly, I felt bad about myself, which was self-destructive.  We actually learn by making mistakes and critical feedback is extremely valuable.
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* Slow and steady wins the race, i.e., treat my academic work like a job, work away at it steadily, instead of procrastinating and making an upcoming deadline force me to work.
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''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:05, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hello Dr. Dalquist,<br>
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What exciting things do you expect to come out of biomathematics in the coming decade?<br>
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([[User:William A. C. Gendron|William A. C. Gendron]] 20:47, 19 January 2015 (EST))
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: I am excitedly awaiting the day that we have a whole cell model (for yeast or other single-celled organism) that can accurately model and predict the dynamics of all molecules in the cell.  I think it will happen in the next decade.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:07, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist, <br>
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If you could take one class at LMU, what would it be?<br>
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[[User:Tessa A. Morris|Tessa A. Morris]] 23:00, 19 January 2015 (EST)
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: That's a hard one, there are actually many classes that I would like to take.  I would love to take a theology class, since I've never actually taken one in my life.  I would also like to re-take Organic Chemistry.  I struggled with it when I took it in college because I just didn't have a framework for it in my brain.  It would be interesting to take it now and see what the students are getting simultaneously with me teaching BIOL 201: Cell Function in the Fall.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:11, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hello Dr. Dahlquist, <br>
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My question for you is as follows: What has been your biggest challenge as a researcher and how did you overcome it? <br>
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[[User:Lauren M. Magee|Lauren M. Magee]] 23:06, 19 January 2015 (EST)
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: I've faced some technical hurdles to get experiments to work at different stages of my career, most recently with getting the DNA microarray technique to work in my laboratory here at LMU when I first started here.  I was able to overcome the challenge because of a couple of things.  First, a bunch of faculty got together to write an equipment grant to the Keck foundation that I was able to use to purchase my own DNA microarray scanner.  That made it easier to do more experiments faster and try to work things out.  Second, I asked advice of a mentor and she pointed me in a direction that I hadn't thought of before and once I tried that, the experiments worked.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:16, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hi Dr. Dahlquist, Who would you say is (or was) your biggest role model and why? <br>
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[[User:Lucia I. Ramirez|Lucia I. Ramirez]] 01:34, 20 January 2015 (EST)
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: This is an interesting question.  I guess I would say that I could name several people who were and are significant mentors to me, for example, Dr. Martina Ramirez.  She was a faculty member at Pomona College when I was a student there and shepherded me through the grad school application process.  But I guess I haven't thought of my mentors as role models, per se, in that I want to model myself after them.  Weirdly enough, there are some fictional characters that I would consider role models for how I would want to be as a person:  Ambassador Delenn from the ''Babylon 5'' television show and Vicky Turner from the novels ''Beggars and Choosers'' and ''Beggar's Ride'' that I mentioned above.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:20, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Hi, Dr. Dahlquist. What would you say was a critical pivotal point in getting where you are today? <br>
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: Choosing to change research directions from what I did in graduate school to what I did as a postdoc.  In grad school I was studing the biochemistry of the riboosome in a very narrow, reductionistic sense.  For my postdoc, I entered the realm of genomics and bioinformatics which is what I still do today.  ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:23, 29 January 2015 (EST)''
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Dr. Dahlquist, how extensive is your knowledge in epigentics, such as DNA methylation? I'm curious about the subject and have some questions on it. <br>
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[[User:Jeffrey Crosson|Jeffrey Crosson]] 2:22, 22 January 2015 (EST)
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: I know something about the subject, what are your questions? ''&mdash; [[User:Kam D. Dahlquist|Kam D. Dahlquist]] 21:24, 29 January 2015 (EST)''

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Hello Dr. Dahlquist, If you were not a biology professor nor doing research, what career would you see yourself in?
Natalie Williams 19:26, 17 January 2015 (EST)

Recently, I've gotten interested in public policy and investigative journalism. I would like to use my scientific training in data analysis to tackle broader societal questions. I think investigative journalism is important to holding our elected officials accountable for their actions. Kam D. Dahlquist 20:13, 21 January 2015 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
What is your favorite book and why?
Kara M Dismuke 17:03, 18 January 2015 (EST)

It's hard to choose just one! I'm a big Harry Potter fan, the 5th, 6th, and 7th books are my favorites. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (and the two follow-ups in the trilogy, Beggars and Choosers and Beggar's Ride) is up there--it's about genetically modified people that don't need to sleep and I use it in my seminar class BIOL 585: Issues in Biotechnology. Kam D. Dahlquist 20:15, 21 January 2015 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, If you had a time machine but had to use it for science, which past research or experiment would you most want to be part of?
Kristen M. Horstmann 17:55, 18 January 2015 (EST)

If I can answer your question this way, I'd love to go back to the beginning of life on earth and see if it really happened the way we currently think--the RNA world. I'd love to take some samples and bring it back to the present to analyze. Kam D. Dahlquist 20:55, 29 January 2015 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were my age? Alyssa N Gomes 22:37, 18 January 2015 (EST)

Ahhh, so many things! I guess the big two things that I wish I had known (or believed) in college are:
  • I am not my results, i.e., my self worth is not determined by my academic performance. I took feedback on my work too personally so that if I did badly, I felt bad about myself, which was self-destructive. We actually learn by making mistakes and critical feedback is extremely valuable.
  • Slow and steady wins the race, i.e., treat my academic work like a job, work away at it steadily, instead of procrastinating and making an upcoming deadline force me to work.

Kam D. Dahlquist 21:05, 29 January 2015 (EST)


Hello Dr. Dalquist,
What exciting things do you expect to come out of biomathematics in the coming decade?
(William A. C. Gendron 20:47, 19 January 2015 (EST))

I am excitedly awaiting the day that we have a whole cell model (for yeast or other single-celled organism) that can accurately model and predict the dynamics of all molecules in the cell. I think it will happen in the next decade. Kam D. Dahlquist 21:07, 29 January 2015 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist,
If you could take one class at LMU, what would it be?
Tessa A. Morris 23:00, 19 January 2015 (EST)

That's a hard one, there are actually many classes that I would like to take. I would love to take a theology class, since I've never actually taken one in my life. I would also like to re-take Organic Chemistry. I struggled with it when I took it in college because I just didn't have a framework for it in my brain. It would be interesting to take it now and see what the students are getting simultaneously with me teaching BIOL 201: Cell Function in the Fall. Kam D. Dahlquist 21:11, 29 January 2015 (EST)

Hello Dr. Dahlquist,
My question for you is as follows: What has been your biggest challenge as a researcher and how did you overcome it?
Lauren M. Magee 23:06, 19 January 2015 (EST)

I've faced some technical hurdles to get experiments to work at different stages of my career, most recently with getting the DNA microarray technique to work in my laboratory here at LMU when I first started here. I was able to overcome the challenge because of a couple of things. First, a bunch of faculty got together to write an equipment grant to the Keck foundation that I was able to use to purchase my own DNA microarray scanner. That made it easier to do more experiments faster and try to work things out. Second, I asked advice of a mentor and she pointed me in a direction that I hadn't thought of before and once I tried that, the experiments worked. Kam D. Dahlquist 21:16, 29 January 2015 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, Who would you say is (or was) your biggest role model and why?
Lucia I. Ramirez 01:34, 20 January 2015 (EST)

This is an interesting question. I guess I would say that I could name several people who were and are significant mentors to me, for example, Dr. Martina Ramirez. She was a faculty member at Pomona College when I was a student there and shepherded me through the grad school application process. But I guess I haven't thought of my mentors as role models, per se, in that I want to model myself after them. Weirdly enough, there are some fictional characters that I would consider role models for how I would want to be as a person: Ambassador Delenn from the Babylon 5 television show and Vicky Turner from the novels Beggars and Choosers and Beggar's Ride that I mentioned above. Kam D. Dahlquist 21:20, 29 January 2015 (EST)

Hi, Dr. Dahlquist. What would you say was a critical pivotal point in getting where you are today?

Choosing to change research directions from what I did in graduate school to what I did as a postdoc. In grad school I was studing the biochemistry of the riboosome in a very narrow, reductionistic sense. For my postdoc, I entered the realm of genomics and bioinformatics which is what I still do today. Kam D. Dahlquist 21:23, 29 January 2015 (EST)

Dr. Dahlquist, how extensive is your knowledge in epigentics, such as DNA methylation? I'm curious about the subject and have some questions on it.
Jeffrey Crosson 2:22, 22 January 2015 (EST)

I know something about the subject, what are your questions? Kam D. Dahlquist 21:24, 29 January 2015 (EST)
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