Randal Halfmann, PhD
Scientific interests: I nerd out over proteins. DNA and RNA get most of the attention, but proteins run the show. The proteome is the great unknown, and we are the explorers. In particular, we have set out to understand how and to what extent proteins control deterministic phenomena in biology, such as aging and development. If we are to succeed in this undertaking (and we will), we must embrace the underlying physics of phase transitions and nucleation barriers.
Outside of lab: I love nature and digging in the dirt. Hiking, trail running, gardening. I spend way too much time reading about plants. I am 99% vegetarian for reasons of sustainability, and am deeply concerned about climate change. The 1% carnivore is because I hunt and eat wild game with my large extended family in my native Texas. I am politically disengaged, but enthusiastically promote Ranked Choice Voting every chance I get (political action is futile without RCV).
Ask me about: career advice, communicating science, planning experiments, interpreting data.