Ryan Hernandez is an assistant professor at UC San Francisco in the department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. Playing sports was his top priority in high school, but encouragement from one of his teachers led him pursue a major in mathematics in college. As an undergraduate, Hernandez’s interest in population genetics sprung from his curiosity about how and why his grandmother developed diabetes. He wanted to try to design a model to show the interaction between blood glucose, insulin and insulin receptors that leads to the onset of diabetes. Hernandez went on to earn his PhD in Biometry from Cornell University. The Hernandez lab at UCSF uses data from human genomes to study patterns of genetic variation between populations.

This video is one of three in the Career Spotlight: Biotechnology series.

Career Spotlight: Population Geneticist 22 May,2015Josh Cassidy


Josh Cassidy

Josh is a Digital Media Producer for KQED Science, and the Lead Producer and Cinematographer for Deep Look. After receiving his BS in Wildlife Biology from Ohio University, he went on to participate in marine mammal research for NOAA, USGS and the Intersea Foundation. He also served as the president of The Pacific Cetacean Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students K-6 about whales. Josh studied science and natural history filmmaking at San Francisco State University and Montana State University.


Arwen Curry

Arwen Curry is Associate Producer of TV at KQED Science. She comes to KQED from documentary film, and is director of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary about the influential science fiction writer. She was Associate Producer of the films Regarding Susan Sontag, American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco, EAMES: The Architect & The Painter, Utopia in Four Movements, and co-produced and directed Stuffed, a short film about compulsive hoarding. Arwen was editor of the punk magazine Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll, and has been a contributor to Radio Lab and McSweeney’s. She is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


Jenny Oh

Jenny is a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED’s popular food blog. She formerly worked as an Interactive Producer for the Science & Environment unit. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.

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