William Dwyer is a 2020 graduate of Vassar College (in New York) where he received a B.A. in Biochemistry with a secondary concentration in sociology. He grew up in France, near Versailles, but his family is originally from Belgium, Japan, and Boston. He was first introduced to research as an undergraduate student - working in chemistry and genetics labs - and during a summer fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, where he investigated a novel therapy for a rare genetic disorder. After his experiences in the biomedical world, his interests shifted towards plant biology as he grew increasingly concerned over the effects of impending climate change and developed an appreciation for kingdom Plantae. Outside of work, he likes to read novels about dystopian futures and rewatch Broad City episodes for the tenth time. He's also a recently retired collegiate track/XC runner who still enjoys a good trail run!