Patrick Grady is a biologist, educator, and writer.
He received his B.S. from Northwestern College and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Boston College. His doctoral research showed how epigenetic genome control can fine-tune gene expression and control the 3D organization and movement of DNA sequences. The results of this research have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Genetics and eLife.
He has taught courses throughout biology and genomics at the university level, earning Boston College's Thomas J. White Award for Excellence in Teaching for his work in BC's freshman-level Introduction to Biology course, where he led students in semester-long research projects investigating amino acid biosynthesis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
His teaching philosophy centers around engaging students of all levels in a discussion-based learning approach designed to develop thinking processes that reflect the scientific method and the fundamentals of biological structure/function relationships.
He is currently a scientific consultant and research scientist at the University of Minnesota Genomics Center, where he leverages emerging genomics technologies to develop bespoke research solutions for UMN researchers.
Outside of the lab, he is an accomplished outdoorsman and electric bassist. He currently resides in Minneapolis with his partner, the artist and fashion designer Randi Shandroski.
You can reach him at patrick[dot]jr[dot]firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @patrickjrgrady.