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February 9, 2016

Audra A. Huffmeyer turned a childhood fascination with wild places into a career in biology.

"I hail from an urban environment but as a child I was always fascinated with the wild places I saw through images and videos," says Audra A. Huffmeyer, a Ph.D. student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at UCLA. "I was drawn to science for the adventure, which only becomes more thrilling with each new project and skill I acquire. My research interests include conservation biology, molecular ecology and genomics. My current research explores the consequences of inbreeding on differential gene expression and gene regulation in abnormal sperm production in carnivores. The mechanisms behind abnormal sperm production in wildlife are largely unexplored and are of key concern in conservation breeding to maintain endangered species."

Credit: Audra Huffmeyer, UCLA

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