Maxwell "Max" Hogshead, B.S., joined the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) in September 2022 as a postbaccalaureate fellow and iCURE scholar, in the Prokunina-Olsson Laboratory. In 2020, Mr. Hogshead earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, with minors in public health, health disparities, and medical anthropology. During his time at the University of Florida, his research focused on identifying and mapping flavor-promoting genetic variants in the garden strawberry (Fragaria ananassa). Upon graduating, Mr. Hogshead began employment at the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Public Health Labs, where he performed whole-genome sequencing to track and report genomic variants of various infectious diseases in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity, he developed protocols for using Oxford Nanopore long-read sequencing to identify previously unidentified enterobacteria, as well as antibiotic-resistant genetic variants in Mycoplasma genitalium.
At LTG, Mr. Hogshead is exploring the interplay between genetic variants, environmental exposures and bladder cancer risk, with a special focus on epitranscriptomics and long-read sequencing applications, under the mentorship of Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D.