User talk:Kam D. Dahlquist

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I was wondering how you became so interested in Bioinformatics? Zeb Russo 18:04, 31 August 2011 (EDT)

When I first started grad school, I was interested in signaling pathways. However, back in 1993, all people could do was to clone and sequence a single gene and study it, so there wasn't any way to actually study the pathway at a systems level. When I got my degree in 2000 and was looking for a postdoc, DNA microarrays became available and we could study whole genomes. So, I became involved in bioinformatics so that I could learn about how pathways in the cell worked at a whole system level. Kam D. Dahlquist 18:17, 31 August 2011 (EDT)

Hey Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering if there was ever a career you wanted to pursue outside of science? *Nicolette S. Harmon 18:26, 31 August 2011 (EDT):

Lately I've been thinking that if I had to choose a different career, I would be interested in journalism or public policy, especially since journalism seems to be devolving into "infotainment" these days. Kam D. Dahlquist 18:43, 31 August 2011 (EDT)

What are some accomplishments you have achieved so far (career related or not) that you are particularly proud of and what is something that you hope to achieve within the next 10 years? - Isaiah M. Castaneda 18:59, 31 August 2011 (EDT)

One of the things I am really proud of is the GenMAPP software that I helped develop when I was a postdoc. It has been used by thousands of people world-wide. We are going to use it in the third project in the course. Within the next 10 years, I will be going up for promotion to full professor. I want to integrate the current biomathematical modeling and bioinformatics software projects I am working on to create a user-friendly simulation tool for students to investigate gene regulatory pathways and networks. Kam D. Dahlquist 19:41, 31 August 2011 (EDT)

What was your favorite part of your undergraduate years? Samantha M. Hurndon 19:13, 31 August 2011 (EDT)