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Rad Scientist Podcast: A Professor Clearing The Path From The Inner City To Academia

Gentry Patrick speaks in front of thousands of incoming UC San Diego students at the 2019 convocation.
Erik Jepsen
Gentry Patrick speaks in front of thousands of incoming UC San Diego students at the 2019 convocation.
Gentry Patrick was born in South Central Los Angeles to a 16-year-old single mother. Through grit, serendipity, mentorship, and wits, he went on to study science at some of the most reputable institutions and ultimately earned his doctoral degree and landed a job as a professor of biology at UC San Diego. There he studies how proteins in the brain get recycled while also paving the way for underserved students to follow in his footsteps. Gentry’s Convocation Speech [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeboCHowDFM] PATHways to STEM homepage [https://paths.ucsd.edu/] Message from Gentry as Director of Mentorship and Diversity for Biological Sciences [https://biology.ucsd.edu/diversity/directors-message.html] Episode Music: Rad Scientist Theme Motif - Grant Fisher Jazz Chords Piano Loop 120 bpm - Orange Free Sounds Buzzy Minuet - Chad Crouch Hip Hop Bass Instrumental - Titibles Greylock - Blue Dot Sessions Near and Within - Zifhang Air Hockey Saloon - Chris Zabriskie Lamprey - Blue Dot Sessions Platformer - Chad Crouch Parallel Universe - Andrew KN Mr Mole and Son - Blue Dot Sessions Sunday Morning Sun - Ryan Andersen

Gentry Patrick was born in South Central Los Angeles to a 16-year-old single mother. Through grit, serendipity, mentorship, and wits, he went on to study science at some of the most reputable institutions and ultimately earned his doctoral degree and landed a job as a professor of biology at UC San Diego.

Patrick's laboratory studies how and when proteins in the brain are turned over. On top of his research, he started a scholarship program for underserved college students who want to study science, while also finding time to be a father and to indulge in his hobby, deejaying.

Hear Patrick's story on a new episode of KPBS Explore podcast "Rad Scientist," where the scientist becomes the subject.