Adam Hockenberry

Adam Hockenberry is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Biological Sciences where he performs theoretical and experimental research in the labs of Professors Luis Amaral and Michael Jewett. His current work is investigating the relationship between gene expression levels, coding-sequence bias, and how the nature of coding-sequence bias changes along the length of genes. Read his publications here.

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One of the most striking discoveries of the past century is that the language of DNA, the cellular blueprint that sits in all cells, is shared across all living organisms. Just as letters of the English alphabet are arranged to create sentences, paragraphs and stories, the alphabet of DNA is combined to create genes, chromosomes and genomes. This alphabet is composed of four molecules known as ATCG. Different combinations of these molecules produce the diversity of life on earth in the same way that different combinations of sentences produced both “Hamlet” and “Winnie the Pooh”.