Dominic Mao grew up in India where he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s college and Gujarat University. He earned his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in microbial molecular genetics studying genome stability in archaea. He worked with Matthew Meselson at Harvard University as a postdoc studying aging and radiation resistance using Bdelloid rotifers. As a lecturer in MCB, he is interested in developing strategies to effectively integrate research into the undergraduate curriculum in order to make research accessible to undergraduates. Outside the classroom, he is involved in STEM outreach by means of sharing resources and creating mentoring networks.