Geneticist Glen Borchert is an Assistant Professor in Biology and Pharmacology at the University of South Alabama (USA). He has earned degrees from the University of Tennessee (B.S., Biology) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D., Genetics), with postdocs at Illinois State and UC Berkeley. His research focuses on identifying novel genetic regulators and defining their roles in oncogenesis, microbiology and speciation. Since starting his laboratory at USA in 2012, he has secured nearly $3,000,000 in external funding, including a National Institutes of Health R01 research grant and the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. Among his many honors, he was named USA Junior Faculty Researcher of the year in 2016. Glen’s lab is home to around 25 undergraduate and graduate students, and he has been recognized as a Top Prof by the Azalea Chapter of Mortar Board three times since 2013. In addition to his research, Glen was a driving force behind USA starting a comprehensive recycling program in 2015, and has been a vocal advocate for sustainability, vaccinations and combating climate change.