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On this week’s episode, Penn Pals has the pleasure of interviewing Penn’s own senior lecturer and advisor, John Zimmerman. He earned his PhD from Temple University, and did his post-doctoral work here at the University of Pennsylvania. Teaching both introductory Biology and Genetics, Dr. Zimmerman peels back the layers on the fascinating genetics topic of HOX genes. Short for Homeobox genes, these segments are responsible for the placement and function of parts of our body. If it sounds complicated, it is! However, Dr. Z takes his time and simplifies the concept for us to dive in. Enjoy!

Penn Pals is hosted by Dean Wertz and edited by Nicky Belgrad. Podcast artwork by Ava Cruz and Alec Druggan. Music by Bo Hwan Wang.