Personal Profile

Hello! I am Christopher Kan a graduate student at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the Pogson Lab. I am pursuing research that utilizes genomics to better understand the formation of species. Specifically, I am researching how gene pools mix during and after speciation. You can read more about my current research here. I am also interested in business operations and strategy, because I think building products that help people is a rewarding and engaging endeavor. I am currently in the process of obtaining my Certificate in Bioscience Management at the Keck Graduate Institute. It will help prepare me with business skills that complement the scientific and data background from my post-graduate studies.

My honors research at Bowdoin College sought to characterize hybridization of river herring in order to inform better fisheries management.  River herring for Maine’s coastal communities are important prey for economically critical cod and salmon fisheries. I graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. with Honors in Biology and Anthropology. My interest in ecology lead me to evolutionary biology. I am combining this research focus with an emphasis on science education.

In my free time, I enjoy playing beach volleyball, hiking, and reading. I’ve joined a casual volleyball league since moving to Santa Cruz and am working towards reliably aiming the ball toward the net.


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