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Andrew Murray and his lab members use genetic and physiological perturbations, synthetic biology, and collaborations with theorists to try to understand how cells reproduce, respond to their environment, and evolve. His group works on experimental evolution using the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In education, he is interested in breaking interdisciplinary barriers without sacrificing discipline. Murray’s Integrated Science curriculum introduces motivated freshmen to the concepts and methods needed to attack the life sciences in the 21st century. For both semesters, students take the equivalent of two courses, meeting for formal instruction every day, performing hands-on, original research, and using modern computer methods to simulate scenarios and analyze data.

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