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David Andrew Murphy
Graduate Student

I grew up in Milton, a town outside of Boston, MA. I became interested in Neuroscience after a talk about neurotransmitters in my high school chemistry class and I decided this is what I would study in college. I attended Brandeis University for my BS in Neuroscience. After graduating I moved to New York. I started a job at Rockefeller University where I worked as a technician in a Developmental Neurobiology lab. Among other general lab tasks I spent a great deal of time analyzing gene expression patterns in a subset of key developmental regulators in the mouse cerebellum using quantitative PCR and other methods from molecular genetics. 

My interests in biology, in addition to neuroscience, include applied biotechnology, gene regulation and expression, pattern formation during development, evolution of prokaryote-eukaryote symbiosis and the modulation of biogeochemical cycles orchestrated by prokaryotic organisms. I hope to find a topic in dynamic biological systems with room for exploration on which I can build a career in research. I am also very interested in scientific education and the dissemination of scientific concepts to non-specialists from the elementary school to adult level. Considering the already major role of biotechnology in modern society and the trajectory towards a civilization even more dependent on biological tools I think that biological literacy is more important than ever. 

Outside of the lab I really enjoy the outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, bird watching and searching for wildlife. I play piano every day and occasionally the organ as well- mainly baroque and classical repertoire. I also enjoy a good game of chess.

David Murphy