Robert Louis Hirsch


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  • 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, fungal molecular genetics and functional genomics.

  • 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?

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