I am gay and I am a molecular biologist.//
I study applications of DNA sequencing technologies to basic science questions in biochemistry and human genetics. I helped develop molecular inversion probe (MIP) genotyping and CRISPR genome editing at the University of Washington, where I received my BS, and contributed new insight into Cas9 biophysics and complex trait heritability at Stanford University, where I received my PhD. My postdoctoral training at UC San Diego focuses on sequencing methods for RNA biology.
I was fortunate to grow up in a supportive environment at a time of broad acceptance of LGBT rights. For me, it seemed possible that being gay could be incidental to success in my career and personal life. For years, I held onto this tantalizing belief before I realized the unfair burden it placed on me. Ironically, as the climate for young queer scientists improves, disparities that persist are more easily ignored.
Now, I know that equity for queer professionals is not yet a reality and that advocacy for queer inclusion is essential. I am honored to discuss this topic – and many other worthy themes – in the Diversity and Science Lecture (DASL) group, a trainee-led organization I helped found.
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