Ever since I was little I have wanted to be a scientist, but I was never sure what kind of scientist to become, so now I try and do a little of everything.
Because I liked both chemistry & biology I majored in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley.
Since I also had a bit of an obsession with paleontology, I took a wide variety of classes on evolutionary biology and vertebrate evolution.
I was lucky to get a position as an undergraduate research student in the laboratory of Dr. Allan C. Wilson, whose lab studied many aspects of molecular evolution.
I worked on projects such as helping decipher the relationship of the extinct quagga to zebras and horses, and looking at human mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms to analyze human migration patterns (among others).
After getting my Bachelor’s degree from Berkeley I went to graduate school in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at UC San Francisco.
I worked in the lab of Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, where I studied anterior-posterior patterning and the development of the peripheral nervous system in the nematode C. elegans.
Following UCSF I moved to a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Tom Cline’s lab in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology back at UC Berkeley.
I went back to my interest in molecular evolution and worked on how a single fruit fly gene, scute, evolved to function in two processes: sex determination and neurogenesis.
I then took a brief position as a senior postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Larry Thompson’s group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
We worked on genes involved in the homologous recombination repair pathway in mammalian cells, but I was only there for half a year before I came to Pacific.
Dr. Wrischnik teaches: Principles of Biology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Techniques and Neurobiology.
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
Area: Cancer biology; molecular biology.