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Faculty Focus: David Price, PhD

Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019

David Price, PhDWhat is your hometown?

Cary, NC

How/when did you become interested in science and/or medicine?

I had a chemistry set and a microscope before I was six.

When did you join the University of Iowa faculty?

January 3, 1989

How or why did you choose to join the faculty at the University of Iowa?

Iowa City seemed like a great place to raise our son, Jason.

Is there a teacher or mentor who helped shape your career?

I became disillusioned while a postdoc at Caltech, but Arno Greenleaf at Duke University gave me a chance to re-enter science.

How do you see your faculty role impacting medicine and/or science?

My main impact is in the field of transcription. I also enjoy helping budding, young scientists develop their skills and mindset.

What is the biggest change you've experienced in your field since you were a student?

Genome-wide transcriptional analyses and CRISPR driven gene editing have transformed our understanding of mechanisms involved in controlling gene expression.

What one piece of advice would you give to today's students?

If you’re not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room!

In what ways are you engaged in professional activities outside the University

I enjoy presenting our data and sometimes controversial views at meetings and seminars.

What are some of your outside (personal) interests?

I have fun interacting with people of all ages that enjoy live music. I also drive competitively and mentor novice drivers as a member of the Sports Car Club of America.

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