Welcome Incoming MCB Student, Roy Williams

On August 2, 2013 by Grad Forum

roy_thumbnailRoy Williams will be joining the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program at Dartmouth this fall. Williams, who is already on campus working with Professor Casey Greene in the department of genetics, obtained two undergraduate degrees: a BA in physics from Reed College in 1969 and a BS in chemistry from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2013.

Having spent the last 20 years working on dairy farms in remote areas, Williams and his wife were very attracted by Hanover’s small town atmosphere. Williams considered other renowned research institutions, but Dartmouth’s rural location was of major importance to him.

When asked why he chose Dartmouth, Williams commented, “Dartmouth is a well-respected institution. The MCB faculty members have plenty of ties to faculty at other top tier schools, and Geisel is a [highly] ranked school in its own right. Additionally, the MCB program has a good reputation of producing high quality graduates, and the faculty members have wide-ranging contacts.”

Throughout his career as a scientist, Williams has learned that he is “in no way a bench chemist or bench anything else, but strictly a software engineer.” Before becoming a dairy farmer, Williams designed “real time” simulations for military aircraft pilot trainers and NASA space shuttle flight software systems in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Williams is now interested in Cryptosporidium, a parasite that infects calves. Using purely computational techniques, Williams would like to develop methods that will simulate the host-parasite interaction of Cryptosporidium at the molecular level in the hopes that one day he will be able to develop effective controls for this parasite. “No one knows how to cultivate Crypto in vitro, which would be another exciting goal — to computationally determine what is needed to get this bug to live and reproduce happily in the lab.”

The Graduate Forum welcomes Williams and wishes him all the best in the journey ahead!

by Gilbert Rahme


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