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J. Nicholas Fisk

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J. Nicholas Fisk

Biography

Fisk is a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB) conducting research in the Townsend Lab. Fisk’s research focuses on using phylogenetic and evolutionary methods in cancer biology. In particular, they are interested in understanding the mechanisms of therapeutic resistance and metastasis. They also work on problems of generalized phylogenetic theory and principled experimental design.

Fisk graduated from Yale's Cancer Biology Training Program as its first CBB graduate and was awarded a National Cancer Institute Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31). At Yale, Fisk serves on the executive board of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility Resources, and is a graduate affiliate of Jonathan Edwards College.

In addition to their dissertation work, Fisk is engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning. They have previously conducted education research as part of the then-nascent Molecular Biology Education Research (MBER) group at the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a current McDougal Teaching Fellow at Yale's Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, where they design and lead interactive pedagogy workshops.


Education & Training

  • MS
    Yale University, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (2019)
  • BS
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience (2016)
  • BS
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Bioinformatics (2016)
  • MS
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Bioinformatics (2016)

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Yale Provost Advisory Committee on Accessibility ResourcesThe committee provides the University with advice and assistance in fulfilling its commitment to maintain an environment that is accessible and supportive of the work and scholarship of all students, faculty and staff, with a focus on making the university accessible for Yale community members with additional accessibility needs.2019 - Present

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