Steven Robinette is a PhD student at Imperial College London and the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. His research applies cutting-edge analytical techniques and high level data analysis to study the intersection of human genetics and metabolism. He is currently developing metabolic diagnostics for the rarest human "mystery" diseases to understand the how the interaction of genes and environment result in the spectrum of human health and disease.
Steven discuseds the intersection of basic scientific research and medical practice through the lens biochemical genetics. His talk covered the origins of the study of human Mendelian diseases, their importance to both human health and scientific discovery, and recent work in the field. Special attention was paid to the diversity of career paths at the confluence of science and medicine, with several practical exercises.