The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

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Marc Ferrell

Ferrell-blackwhiteMarc is a senior microbiology major. He teaches an introductory lab course in microbiology and volunteers as a peer mentor at the Center for Undergraduate Research, and in his free time, he loves playing soccer. Marc is interested in systems biology, and his research has centered around integrating systematic methods such as meta-analysis and high-throughput DNA sequencing into several fields of biology. Along the way, he has learned the skills required to work with “big data,” and he has been convinced that bulk data is the best way to investigate poorly understood questions. One day, he hopes to clinically use high-throughput DNA and protein sequencing as a doctor to practice individualized medicine. Marc wanted to be a Challenge 2050 scholar in order to apply systems approaches to investigate how best to sustainably feed a growing population.