Mark Yandell, PhD: Code Breaker

Mark Yandell, Ph.D., professor of human genetics and co-director of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery, uses computer logic and algorithms to search the 3 billion bases of our genetic code for disease genes that make people sick. "On the surface, [our computational approach] seem so divorced from something a sick child," says Yandell. "To be able to apply a laptop to bear on that problem, and discover the answer solely through calculation, is thrilling."

Watch the video to learn about Yandell's research, what inspires him, and why he's chosen the University of Utah as his home.

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