Nick Hum

Biosciences and Biotechnology Division

June 25, 2021

What do you like about working at the Lab?

I enjoy the challenge of researching impactful biological mysteries. The Lab is great at providing a supportive and collaborative environment for me to accomplish state-of-the-art research.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

I perform molecular and cellular biology research in support of numerous biology projects ranging from cancer response to chemotherapeutics to how genes affect the development and homeostasis of the human body. You will find me alternating between the lab, where I conduct lab work, and my office, where I interpret the data.

What is your educational or career background?

I have a BS in microbiology from UC Davis, an MS in molecular biology from CSU East Bay, and I am currently enrolled in a PhD program at UC Merced in quantitative and systems biology. I’ve worked at the Lab for 11 years.

What inspired you to go into science/your field of work?

I've always been enamored with puzzles. The dedication and focus required to work through solving a jigsaw puzzle or Rubik's cube are the same skills I utilize in solving biological mysteries. Through a lot of support from colleagues and mentors, I was inspired to apply my tendencies to bigger puzzles that can impact people’s health.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

The Lab is an exciting work environment that has many incredible people and resources available to support your development. Don't be shy about exploring other projects or departments.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to cook, run, spend time with my family, and convince my kids that scientists are cooler than superheroes.

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