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Director's Message

Happy new year and welcome to winter quarter! I hope everyone is feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

As we embark on this new year, I continue to wish for each of you a year filled with challenges that inspire your growth, moments of joy that brighten your days, new ideas, and new opportunities to make intellectual and social connections alike.

I always love meeting HumBio students and other members of our community, so feel free to reach out to find a time to meet and chat.

Here’s to a terrific year ahead! 

All my best,
Lianne Kurina, PhD 
Bing Director, Program in Human Biology



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