Discussant "Genomic Data"

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Biography: Andrew DuFresne is a science educator, communicator, and consultant. He is a member of the faculty at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), the graduate school of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also teaches students one-on-one for the boutique education firm PrepMatters. Having seen constant and promising connections between tailored communication approaches and improved subject matter comprehension and participation, Andrew is developing the Integrated Scientific Inquiry and Engagement Consortium (ISIEC). ISIEC is a trio of programs aimed at creating new content and analysis in the areas of science education, communication, and consulting and with a focus on the intersection of science and society. 

Andrew teaches students located all over the world in subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and math from introductory through advanced levels. He also teaches science communication and teaching skills to undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and established clinicians and researchers. 

Over the course of his education and career, Andrew has contributed to an array of projects in various disciplines: the societal impact of Mars exploration for NASA, training scientists on the use of robotics in the lab for Johnson & Johnson, novel cancer radiotherapies involving viral activation, science communication workshops for George Washington University and Research!America, content and design review for popular science YouTube series and national science meetings, and how to improve the engagement of engineers around the country with policy decisions for Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Andrew is also the President of the Washington, DC Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a doctorate in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with research experience in virology and pharmacology.