Splash Biography



ACADIA KOCHER, Yale grad student studying genetics and evolution




Major: Genetics

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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S3710: Intro to Developmental Biology in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
You are made up of trillions of cells, but you started as just one. How does that happen? How do tissues know when to grow and when to stop? How does a cell decide which identity to take on? We'll discuss some of these questions, plus the tools and experiments that biologists have used to answer them.


S3755: Intro to Developmental Biology in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
You are made up of trillions of cells, but you started as just one. How does that happen? How do tissues know when to grow and when to stop? How does a cell decide which identity to take on? We'll discuss some of these questions, plus the tools and experiments that biologists have used to answer them.


S3334: Gene regulation: What turns genes on and off? in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 27, 2018)
The human genome contains several thousand genes, each of which has its own job to do. But not all of these genes are turned on in all of your cells. How do cells decide which genes to use? What causes a neuron to make dopamine but a red blood cell to make hemoglobin? And how do genes turn on and off as we develop and grow? We'll start with a quick primer on molecular biology, then discuss several examples to learn what controls gene expression during development and adult life, and what this means for how species evolve.


S3449: Gene regulation: What turns genes on and off? in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 27, 2018)
The human genome contains several thousand genes, each of which has its own job to do. But not all of these genes are turned on in all of your cells. How do cells decide which genes to use? What causes a neuron to make dopamine but a red blood cell to make hemoglobin? And how do genes turn on and off as we develop and grow? We'll start with a quick primer on molecular biology, then discuss several examples to learn what controls gene expression during development and adult life, and what this means for how species evolve.


S2070: Symbiosis and the Microbiome in Splash Spring 16 (Apr. 02, 2016)
If you've ever had a cold or the flu, you know firsthand that microbes can make you sick. But did you know that you have trillions of harmless bacteria living inside you right now? This collection is known as the "microbiome" and it plays important roles in digestion, helping our immune systems develop, and fending off invading pathogens. We'll talk about symbiotic microbes in nature - like the glowing bacterium Vibrio fischeri that lives inside a Hawaiian squid. Then we'll take a look at our own microbes and learn how we study them in the lab. For more focus on human microbes take "Healthy Bacteria" with Tyler!