genophoria

Genomics euphoria: ramblings of a scientist on genetics, genomics and the meaning of life

About

I am an Assistant Professor at UCSF, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. I am also affiliated with the Department of Urology and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. As a graduate student I started a blog dedicated to reporting on the publications that I found interesting in my day to day readings. My target audience was primarily my colleagues: scientists who toil away at their benches in search of discovery and knowledge. However, as it turns out scientific communications in a bubble does not foster public debate (uhum…sarcasm). Non-scientists have the right to know about our research, its impact and why we think it is important. The public is footing the bill for scientific research and should be able take part in it. Science and scientific thinking goes beyond a profession… it’s a tool that everyone should be able to effectively wield. We, as scientists, need to strive for an informed public who cherishes our endeavors and doesn’t deride it as “fruit-fly research”. Being a scientist is not a profession, although it can be; rather, it is a state of mind and I long for the day that everyone in our society consider themselves as amateur scientists.

–Hani

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4 responses to “About

  1. Mehdi September 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Believing that scientific thinking is an ultimate tool for an ideal society, I think must be taught at elementary education of individuals to become a characteristic of that society. On the other hand, this is unfortunate to realize that many in academia fail to apply academic thinking for anything beyond their immediate scientific question. This makes me think whether we should not target scientists whom know the method to apply it for their every day life. This may constitute an affordable Top-Down approach in contrast to my proposed idealistic Bottom-Up method.

  2. genophoria September 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    There is this sentiment that scientific thinking is too “mechanical” and devoid human touch. Which to some extent can be true… but we should realize that policy making and key decisions in life should be, for the most part logical and scientific. The application of this world-view requires practice, I think. And you’re absolutely right about elementary school teaching. However, if we did shake off our weird education, I’m sure others can do too. I also agree that even for scientists, there is this division between how they work and how they live, which should be challenged and remedied.

  3. Siavash November 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    It is fabulous and great feelings are filling my heart when I find my old teacher accidentally while I am looking for a scientific issue. Hope his memory helps him remind me.

  4. genophoria November 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    🙂 I do.. I do… how are you doing buddy?

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