Hello Class!

I’m Mark Velasco, a General Biology major, with interests in cell and molecular. Additionally, I’m both a mathematics and music minor.Currently, I am doing undergraduate research in Podlutsky lab studying DNA repair and hibernation using cultured Arctic Ground Squirrels cells. ┬áMy main non-biology interests is playing percussion, specifically with Ensemble 64.8 at UAF. This semester we plan on playing Threads by Paul Lanskey and some TBD Toru Takemitsu pieces arranged by Robin Engelman.

For the course, i’m excited to see if the interdisciplinary setup of the class brings us to look into more technical/ industrial uses of microbes in our environment, knowing that we have engineers in the class.

Haiku:

The unseen shapers,

Helpful sometimes destructive,

important for life

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