Robert Louis Hirsch

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    University of Kentucky

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    GMO crops, the intersection of genetics and society, plant biotechnology, plant diseases, and plant pathogenic fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I really like teaching students a new perspective or skill set that allows the student to see the world in a new way and interpret biological phenomena through a more objective lense.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the tomato plant because nearly everyone with a home garden grows tomato, and tomato plants almost always harbor diseases (which is exciting for a plant disease scientist!).

  • Profile Question 3
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I did not like science as a high school or college student. I came to science after I graduated with a degree in English and Religious Studies and was looking for a job. What intrigued me most about science after college because I was able to get into a lab and actually do science rather than reading about it in books.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

Recent Posts

hhssnellingfall2017 project 9 Robert Louis Hirsch
commented on a blog post

Hi Alysa, nice results!  So, what do they mean?  What are some differences between tap water and your other water sources that could explain some of your observations?  What do you think the follow up experiment should be so that you…

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hhssnellingfall2017 project 9 Robert Louis Hirsch
commented on a blog post

Hi Alysa,

Cool scenario!  What is your hypothesis?  When incubating organisms and measuring growth, consider different environmental variables like nutrition, temperature, and sunlight availability (just to name a few).  If you are…

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The Bio Bosses Robert Louis Hirsch
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Hi everyone!  Sorry for the delay in joining the Bio Bosses.  I am Dr. Hirsch and I am faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky (I study plant diseases).  My hobbies are playing adult league kickball…

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