Looking Forward: Woods Institute becoming part of Stanford's new school focused on climate and sustainability
Jeremy Hsu is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Biology at Stanford who originally hails from Orlando, Florida. He graduated cum laude with high honors in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard in 2011. While there, Jeremy conducted research on the genetic underpinnings of a threatened environmental phenomenon, the migration of the monarch butterfly. At Stanford, he has continued to investigate population genetics, this time focusing on understanding the population genetic consequences of environmental perturbations. Working in the lab of Dr. Liz Hadly, Jeremy is studying the genetic consequences of various environmental forces on the colonial tuco-tuco, a critically endangered rodent species in South America, which has broad implications for informing conservation and policy. He is supported by a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.
Jeremy is also deeply committed to science outreach and policy. He has shared his research in a variety of ways, including a public lecture at Natural Bridges State Park this past year. As director of Stanford Biocore Explorations, he has promoted hands-on research experiences for undergraduates. Jeremy is equally committed as a teacher, having received both the Excellence in Teaching Award and the prestigious Norman Wessells Award, given to the most outstanding teaching assistant in biology. In addition to TAships, Jeremy has also developed and taught science courses for the Stanford Middle School Science Circle, Stanford Summer Institutes, Stanford Splash, Biocore Explorations, the Stanford International Youth Program, and most recently, was invited to develop and teach a two-week course at the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies/EduExplora Honors Academy in Santiago, Chile. He has also mentored students in the laboratory and through the Stanford Science Research Program, and has volunteered as a tutor with the local Boys and Girls Club. Jeremy also serves as a lead teaching consultant with the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning.
Outside of the lab, Jeremy plays the cello with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, where he served as president for the past two years, and is also an active chamber musician. Despite being somewhat vertically-challenged, he enjoys playing and watching basketball, running, and rooting for his hometown Orlando Magic.