User talk:Kam D. Dahlquist

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What is your son's name and how old is he? Anna Horvath (talk) 15:29, 6 September 2020 (PDT)


What is your favorite thing that you've baked? Yaniv Maddahi(talk) 17:29, 6 September 2020 (PDT)

  • It's hard for me to pick a favorite. Some things I bake over and over are sourdough bread (I have my own starter culture in the fridge), bagels, poppyseed roll (a receipe inherited from my grandmother), Midori cake, tahini cookies... Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 15:51, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

Have you found that your research on yeast has given you another layer of understanding/satisfaction while baking? I ask because I always enjoy being able understand everyday things on a scientific level. Aiden Burnett (talk) 23:55, 7 September 2020 (PDT)

  • Maybe not so much my specific research on yeast, but I do like to geek out about the scientific basis of cooking. I recommend America's Test Kitchen t.v. show and Cook's Illustrated magazine where they empirically develop recipes and explain why things work the way they do. I enjoy that. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 15:51, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

What is one thing you would like to see taught within all undergrad biology curriculum within the next five years? Nathan R. Beshai (talk) 11:27, 8 September 2020 (PDT)

  • I would like to see bringing the idea of models and modeling to the forefront as a way of framing biological knowledge. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 15:51, 10 September 2020 (PDT)



What is the title of your favorite book? Owen R. Dailey (talk) 09:43, 9 September 2020 (PDT)

  • I have many favorite books because I love to read. I mostly read science fiction. One favorite in the genre is Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress. It's about genetically modified people whose modification is that they don't need to sleep. I've used it in classes before--it's a good read! Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 15:54, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? (Macie Duran (talk) 20:44, 9 September 2020 (PDT))

  • If I am by myself, it would be sleeping in late and reading a book. If I'm with my family, I enjoy visiting local museums or going to the beach. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 15:52, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

How are you liking this new online platform? Kam Taghizadeh (talk) 17:49, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

  • It's turning out better than I expected. I wouldn't have imagined doing this a year ago. My main worry was about how to build community in a class when we are all separated on Zoom, but I think using breakout rooms for small group discussions works pretty well, and I'm getting to know you all pretty quickly. The internet at my house is frustrating, so I'm glad I can teach class from my office. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 23:34, 15 September 2020 (PDT)

What would be your biggest piece of advice to aspiring biologists? Taylor Makela (talk) 18:25, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

  • Follow your passion. The next steps in this career path require a lot of work and perseverance. Knowing that you are doing all that because you get to do something you love makes it worth it. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 23:34, 15 September 2020 (PDT)

Do you enjoy teaching bioinformatics or cell functions more (and why)? Jcorrey (talk) 19:15, 10 September 2020 (PDT)

  • That's like asking which of my children I love more! :) I like each class for different reasons. Cell Function is my bread and butter. The subject matter is what I trained for in graduate school and I love going over fundamentals. I also enjoy working with sophomores and guiding them in their second year in the major. I like the bioinformatics lab class because it's more geared toward research (and what I did as a postdoc). I always learn something new when teaching the class and I enjoy seeing students that I had in Cell Function grow and mature in the class. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 23:34, 15 September 2020 (PDT)



Do you enjoy teaching students or doing your own research more? Why so? (Nidapatel (talk) 14:18, 11 September 2020 (PDT)).

  • For me teaching and research are so intertwined I don't see them as separate activities. All of my current research projects involve students so there are elements of teaching in the research. And in classes like bioinformatics lab, research is infused in the teaching. I do enjoy research, but I can't see myself just doing it on my own without having students involved. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 23:34, 15 September 2020 (PDT)

What's your favorite science documentary? Falghane (talk) 18:51, 23 September 2020 (PDT)

  • The Secret of Photo 51 that tells the story of Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. I show it in the BIOL 201 Cell Function class (and others) every year. When it first came out in 2003, her contribution was not as well known as it is right now. She's one of my "science heroes". Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 14:31, 28 September 2020 (PDT)

I'm friends with a CS student name Simon who used to work on one of your gene mapping projects. Do you still collaborate with the Computer Science students? Ian R. Wright (talk) 23:49, 23 September 2020 (PDT)

  • Yes! Dr. Dionisio and I are currently mentoring two computer science students, Ona Igbinedion and Ian Green on the GRNsight project. Lauren Amparo is a new student to the project who is a biology major, computer science minor. Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 14:35, 28 September 2020 (PDT)