User talk:Kam D. Dahlquist

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Hey Dr. Dahlquist, did you ever consider medical school? What made you choose the research path? Kevin Matthew McKay 20:34, 17 January 2013 (EST)

I didn't consider medical school. I'm actually pretty squeamish and have fainted at the sight of blood. My parents instilled in me a love of science by giving me lots of educational opportunities when I was a kid. I really loved my AP Biology class in high school, which inspired me to become a biology major. I did undergraduate research in a plant physiology lab, which got me interested in research. I also had always wanted to be a teacher because I loved my teachers and loved school when I was a kid. This all came together to choose a profession as a biology professor where I could both teach and do research.

Kam D. Dahlquist 19:38, 21 January 2013 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I understand that you have a strong background in biology; what led you to have an interest in biomathematics? How has biomathematics helped you to become a better biologist? Thanks, Laura Terada 15:31, 17 January 2013 (EST)

I got interested in biomathematics when I was a postdoc at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease/UCSF. I was working on analyzing data from microarrays and it became really clear that I needed to learn statistics in order to analyze the data properly. We were also working on visualizing the data on biological pathways. I got started in modeling because I wanted to have a more quantitative model of the data we were visualizing on pathways. The biomathematics has helped me become a better biologist because I am able to perform a more robust analysis of quantitative data. I feel that I have a "leg up" on other biologists who do not do this type of analysis.

Kam D. Dahlquist 19:43, 21 January 2013 (EST)

Hi Dr. Dahlquist, I was wondering what research projects your lab at LMU are currently working on? James P. McDonald 21:15, 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? Kasey E. O'Connor 21:31, 21 January 2013 (EST)