Dustin Hancks, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
University of Utah, School of Medicine
August 16, 2017
Dustin was raised a Cubs fan on the Mississippi River in Moline, IL – the home of the John Deere Factory. Following high school, Dustin served in the U.S. Army in Virginia and elsewhere working on cargo ships. When his time was done with Uncle Sam, he returned home to the Midwest to further his education. First was his Associate’s degree then Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to finish his bachelor’s.
While working for Dr. David Duvernell studying the speciation of fish, he became very interested in the forces shaping genomes and the functional consequences of such changes. Because of this interest, Dustin pursued graduate studies investigating “jumping genes” at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins under the mentorship of the human geneticist Dr. Haig Kazazian Jr.